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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, April 4, 1972

PaQe Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Mixing youth.

culture,

electoral politics

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OF THE YEAR!
-National Soard of Review

By PAUL TRAVIS
Arts Editor
Ann Arbor has always had a
reputation for mixing politics
and culture. In the past it has
combined street and youth cul-
ture with radical politics - po-
litical rallies and guerrilla the-
ater, rock and roll music and
political speeches.
But this past weekend Ann
Arbor saw a variation on the old
theme - the mixing of youth
culture and traditional, electoral
politics in an attempt to keep
voters keyed up for yesterday's
city elections.
Using rock concerts and a
"Be-in," organizers did their
best to try and give people stay-
ing over -the Easter weekend
something to do. And their best
was very good.
Uniquely, this weekend's ac-
tivities were not aimed at end-
ing the war or stopping racism;
they were not concerned with
corporate recruiting or classified
research. The main focus was
getting out the vote.
The first part of the weekend
festivities was not really directly
related to the election. It was
the First Annual Ann Arbor
Hash Festival and it was a rous-
ing success.
Despite what the police say,
despite what the University says,
and despite what the rest of the
-media says, there was a huge
crowd braving the snow and
cold to be out on the Diag. And
there was\ a vast quantity of
grass and hash consumed.
But that was just setting the
scene for the rock-and-roll bash
at Hill Aud. Saturday night.
Featuring the Guardian An-
gel, Wilderness Road, Spencer
Davis and Detroit, the concert
mixed a fine evening of music
with constant reminders to get
out and vote.
Guardian Angel opened the
night, playing some fairly good
but not exceptional rocking mu-
sic. GA has been around the
Ann Arbor-Detroit area for a
tong time under other names,
and they usually do a pretty
solid show. There were some
good vocals and some nice ar-
rangements but nothing new,
nothing exciting about their
music.
Happily, the same can't be
said for the next group, Wilder-
ness Road. Coming from Chica-
go, Wilderness Road played
some of the most imaginative

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and interesting rock I have
heard lately. Theykhave two
very fine guitar players who
switch off playing lead while the
bass and drums provide solid,
steady backing.
Mixing in some funny con-
mercials and an Easter miracle,
Wilderness Road kept the audi-
ence laughing and dancing in
the aisles.
While the equipment was be-
ing changed, some of the city
council candidates came onstage
to urge people to vote, and make
the youth vote felt.
The next act was a surprise
for most people. Spencer Da-
vis, who is best known for some
big rock hits when Stevie Win-
wood was part of the group,
came out and did an all acousti-
cal set.
The old country and country-
blues 'numbers Davis did give
the audience a nice break in
what was otherwise a very high
energy rock and roll evening.
Despite spending almost as
much time tuning his guitars
as he did playing, Davis and his
two backers on rhythm and
electric bass showed a good un-

derstanding of the quite, simple
music of the back-woods.
Just before the next act was
introduced one of their roadies
came to the mike "cause I got
a point to make." His point was
to urge everyone to register to
vote.
"I'm not saying vote, I'm just
saying register cause that's
where they pick the juries
from," he said. "If we ever
want to change this country it
won't be at the polls, it'll be in
the courts - so register."
Then came the headliners -
Detroit, featuring Mitch Ryder,
If Chicago typifies the music
of the city of Chicago to some
extent, Detroit represents the

city of Detroit even more so.
With their hard-driving,kick-
ass streetrrock and roll De-
troit is Detroit.
Running through some old
hits of Mitch Ryder's, their cur-
rent single "Rock and Roll" and
their classic version of "Gimme
Shelter," Detroit had the audi-
ence jumping, clapping and
dancing in the aisles.
Ryder'stvoice was explosive as
usual. Steve (Decator Gator)
Hunter, the lead guitar player,
was tremendous; showing speed,
skill and imagination on his
leads. The whole set conveyed
one predominant feeling -
energy.
As the crowd filtered out the

reminders kept coming, get out
and vote, get out and vote.
It was an interesting mixture,
high energy rock music, dope
and wine, and electoral politics.
Perhaps John Sinclair put it
best. "I want you all to go out
and vote. I'm not saying that it
will do any good, 'cause we
haven't tried it before. With the
18-year-old vote it might make
a difference - if it doesn't then
we'll forget about it."

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