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Eighty-three years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan

King has got the

blues like nobody else

420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, Mi. 48104

News Phone: 764-0552

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1973

Nixon: Investigating himself

By JOAN BORUS
After 26 years, B.B. King re-
mains the master of the blues.
Opening his concert at Hill Audi-
torium last Friday with his theme
song, "Every Day I Have the
Blues," King proceeded to capti-
vate the audience with what he has
played and known all his life -
the blues.
Seeing and hearing King is to
experience a living personification
of the blues, the successful merg-
ing of the man and his art. King
is totally involved with his art; his
rich, soulful voice fraught w i t h
pain and anguish, ranging from al-
most a sob to cocky defiance.
Where his voice stops his guitar
Lucilletakes over, throbbing with
an intensity that renders it almost
to the wailing of a human voice.
Backstage King's personal in-
volvement and warmth emerges
as he relaxes with close friends.
If he is one of the few remaining
authentic blues musicians left, he

to develop and perfect.
Of them he says: "It makes
me very proud; I feel like the
great-great grandfather. It makes
me very happy that somebody
would think enough of me to want
to play like me. Hopefully, I can
inspire somebody else maybe not
to play like me, but to inspire
somebody else to be what they
want to be. Doing what I'm doing
might motivate them, at least I
hope it does."
King has created the same basic
style, offering to newer younger
audiences the opportunity to hear
the type of music he has been
playing ever since he started out.
"I started like this 26 years
ago," he told the audience last
Friday, referring to, his four-piece
band consisting of piano, baritone
saxophone, rhythm guitar and
drums. King relies chiefly on Lu-
cille and his voice to convey the
message of the blues.

EVEN AS THE Congress took its first
cautious steps toward the impeach-
ment of Richard Nixon yesterday, the
counterattack to save a crumbling ad-
ministration had begun.
Presidential lawyer Charles Wright's
announcement that the Watergate tapes
and some related papers would be turned
over to Federal Judge John Sirica, con-
stitutes an attempt to head off the
mounting pressure for the President's re-
moval from office.
Wright portrays the President's latest
move as an attempt to avert "a constitu-
tional crisis" but to many it must seem
more an effort to div.ert the nation's at-
tention from the startling events of last
weekend.
r E ISSUE INVOLVED in the resigna-
tion of Elliot Richardson, and the
subsequent firing of William Ruckelshaus
and Archibald Cox was not the Water-
gate tapes themselves. What the Presi-
dent did last week was quash a suppos-
edly independent investigation of crimes
committed by members of his own admin-
istration and possibly himself. The re-
lease of Nixon's coveted tapes does noth-
ing to replace the deposed Cox investi-
gation with a credible alternative.
Assurances from Acting Attorney Gen-
eral Robert Bork that the Justice De-
partment will pursue the Watergate in-

vestigation with "full vigor" ignore the
pressing question of why an independent
investigation has been eliminated.
Nor can we take comfort in the fact
that this new investigation will be head-
ed by Assistant Attorney General Henry
Petersen. It was Petersen who led Jus-
tice Department's pre-election probe of
Watergate which amounted to little more
than a cover-up. One wonders what will
become of the evidence gathered by the
Cox team now that it is in Petersen's
hands.
WVHILE THE ADMINISTRATION and its
friends seek to portray Cox as a
"Kennedy Democrat" out to get the
President, it appears the special prosecu-
tor was eliminated because his investiga-
tion came too close to the President him-
self. Surely no subsequent probe carried
out by Nixon's Justice Department will
commit the same mistake.
While Nixon has given up the tapes he
fought so long to retain, his elimination
of the Cox investigation constitutes a
blatant obstruction of justice.
The President's actions have placed
two issues on the Congressional agenda:
the creation of an independent investiga-
tive body to finish the work Cox began,
and more importantly the continuation of
efforts to impeach a President who would
destroy justice for his own protection.

concert halls: "Whether you're
playing on a college campus or a
club, you're still playing to peo-
ple."
He does feel, however, that play-
ing on the college campus is im-
portant. "I think playing the col-
leges is very much needed be-
cause education is the most im-
portant thing that will make the
world better in the future any-
way," he says.
"I feel that when I play the blues
and play at a college, the students
that are learning today will be able
to tell people about this tomorrow.
They may not dig it, but at least
they'll know about it."
In commenting about the pre-
dominatly white audiences he en-
counters at collegeconcerts, King
remarks that it was not unusual.
"When I first started young blacks
didn't like me then - it was al-
ways people my age and older. So
there hasn't been too much change
. onething though,awhites have
never had to be ashamed of the
blues anyway, but blacks have.
"You see, they have felt that
blues was something that was con-
nected to times of slavery, and
they don't want to be reminded of
it, at least they didn't. Today they
are beginning to realize thatwhat-
ever was, was, and today is today."
King thinks that festivals like
the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Fes-
tival also serve to perpetuate and
teach people about the blues.
"If you've got a good festival,
a good musical festival - that's
how I like to think about them,
and you've got many performers
there to perform and allow them
that chance, somehow they seem
to be able to introduce and com-
municate with people if allowed to
do so and usually this can be done
at a festival.
"I think they are good - it's the
one place a family can go if they
want to and I think there should be
many more of them."

--, I

Daily Photo by KAREN KASMAUSKI
B. B. kii

ARTS

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Training tomorrow's

junta

RECENT YEARS have seen a prolifera-
tion of military regimes in Latin
America. Last month's right wing coup
in Chile is but an addition to the long
list of governments, most of them far
from progressive, toppled by military
coups d'etat'
The United States has historically not
only tolerated but supported these im-
posed military regimes. Our government's
recognition of the Brazilian junta within
24 hours of its seizure of power in 1964,
to cite one example, led many to believe
there was direct U. S. complicity in the
coup itself.
But U. S. abettance of juntas and gen-
erals is not just the policy of a particu-
'lar administration. Rather, it has be-
come an institutionalized part of U. S.
foreign policy. One major facet of this
policy has been the U. S. Army School of
the Americas, which since 1949 has
graduated what has become the ruling
military elites of Latin America.
The school, located in the Panama Ca-
nal Zone, has seen 29,000 officers come
and go in its 24 years of existence. More
than 170 of its graduates serve as cabi-
net ministers, directors of intelligence,
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commanding generals, chiefs of staff and
heads of governments.
SHOULD IT THEN come as any sur-
prise to find six of its alumni in the
upper echelons of the Chilean military,
which bloodily overthrew their elected
government last month?
This year the school is offering new
courses in counterinsurgency tactics, par-
ticularly in urban areas. But the school
does more than train officers for the
highly specialized activity of hunting
down and eliminating leftist guerrillas;
its courses include both combat and sup-
port operations as well as industrial man-
agement.
All in all, the Army School of the
Americas probably gives an excellent edu-
cation. The leaders of tomorrow's juntas,
we can trust, will be well-rounded indi-
viduals.
THE ALUMNI are apparently happy
with the results. Otherwise, it would
be difficult for Col. William Nairn, school
comnandant, to say as he does that "We
keep in touch with our graduates and
they keep in touch with us."
It would be mistaken to label the Army
School of the Americas a primary instru-
ment of U. S. foreign policy; it provides
but one small part of the complex me-
chanism that reaches into every corner
of the globe.
However, the school is representative,
in a certain sense, of what has rightfully
led many nations to label the United
States as interventionist. For that reason,
it should be eliminated.

is also one of another vanishing
breed, a gentleman.
Tired but hospitable, he invites
everyone to sit down, shaking
hands with well-wishers and play-
ing with two of his godchildren.
Getting ready to take to the road
for another concert destination, he
asks for a clean shirt, s aying,
'You ladies don't .nind if I go to
my waist, do you - I won t go no
further."
King's warmth belies the strug-
gle and obscurity that preceeded
his current success. 3orn in Ind-
ianola, Mississippi, King operated
out of Memphis, working as a disc
jockey and played countless one-
nighters on the so called "chitlin'
circuit."
It wasn't until 1966, however,
that King achieved the status he
deserved with his debut at the
Fillmore West. Since that time he
has played at colleges and rock
festivals in the U.S. and Canada,
as well as playing to capacity
houses in Europe.
Ironically King's "dciscvery"
and recent success may be attri-
buted to his countless imitators,
the likes of Eric Clapton, J i m
Hendrix and Johnny Winter who
have made fortunes overnight of
what has taken B.B. King years

When asked if his playing style
has been altered over the past 26
years as a result of changes in the
type of exposure he has received,
King replied, "I hope it hasn't
changed simply because of differ-
ent audiences, but I hope it has
changed some, because I've prac-
ticed hard, very hard.
"They tell me that practice
makes perfect, but I don't know
if I agree with that becausewI'm
still not perfect, but I have work-
ed hard. So I hope I've changed
some for the better."
King views the blues as a univer-
sal type of experience that forms
the foundation for other musical
forms. According to King, "the
best jazz musicians are the best
blues players. You take guys like
Oscar Petersen, Jimmy Smith-
they'll be able to play more blues
'than I ever will; that's because
they know what they're doing."
King maintains that this is applic-
able to great spiritual singers and
soul musicians as well - "It's one
of those things that seems to be
there for some reason."
Nor does he feel that the blues
have lost any of their meaning or
authenticity as a result of its up-
rooting from the bars and private
clubs and wider exposure in the

'Showcase'
series opens
The University Players will of-
fer its third annual Showcase Pro-
ductions series starting tomorrow
night with Friedrich Durrenmatt's
The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi
which will play through Saturday
evening. Mississippi is being direct-
ed by Lawrence Harbison, a gradu-
ate student in theater.
It will be followed November 29
-December 1 with the Broadway
hit And Miss Reardon Drinks a
Little by Pulitzer Prize winning
playwright, Paul Zindel. Both pro-
ductions will be presented at the
ArenaTheater in the Frieze Build-
ing.

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By MARNIE HEYN
SKY WATCHERS this fall will be
treated to the most impressive
celestial event in more than a
century. And Shakespeare f a n s
will be able to see a serialized
version of King Lear, although Cor-
deliathas been written out of the
script and the Fool looks a lot like
Dr. Strangelove.
Comet Kohoutek is returning to
the solar system after a cosmic
sojourn of 10,000 years. Since com-
ets are traditionally associated
with the downfall of tyrants, poli-
tical astrologers have an espec-
ially potent reason for exhibiting
high energy behavior.
Picture the scene: a table at
Del Rio's after a day of systema-
tic ingestion of psychetropic sub-
stances. And imagine the dialogue:
"I wunner wha'sh gonna happen
thish year." "Well, the millen-
nium comet ish coming, an' may-
be Congresh will shtart impeach-
munk, impearts . . . uh, offing
al' Dicky."
THE SYNAPSES in my skull
shorted out. What possibilities!
This could mean the dawn of
Aquarius and the dusk of K i n g
Richard the Lock-Jawed. Political
repercussions have already begun.
Rumor has it that Nixon is at-
tempting to fire NASA scientists
responsible for sending special in-
vestigative equipment with the
third Skylab crew and the Mariner
10 mission, and that he wants to
dismantle or make "inoperative"
various rocket, balloon, airplane,
and ground probes. He evidently
feels that the Justice -Department
is capable of conducting a "full
and vigorous inquiry."
When asked to comment on the
impact of Comet Kohoutek on the
President's horoscope, a grim-fac-
ed White House press secretary
responded, "What are you talking

AT THAT TIME, Comet Kohou-
tek will have moved from one of
the horns of Capricorn (the goat)
into the house of Aquarius (the
waterbearer). That should stop the
Old Goat from buting anything that
moves, and make him once again a
waterboy for the Whittier foatball
team.
In addition to heralding the death
of one king or the birth of ano-
ther, comets also promote crea-
tive ferment and intensify psychic
energy. Comet Kohoutek's parti-
cular emphases are on personal
integration and compassionate dia-
logue. Neither is a good omen for
a President who thrives on aliena-
tion and faulty communication.

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WITH WAVES of sentiment for
impeachment rolling around t h e
country, it would be a very ap-
propriate expression of cosmic jus-
tice if the House of Representa-
tives could conclude impeachment
proceedings by noon on Nov. 1.
Then the Senate could begin Nix-
on's trial when Comet Kohoutek
is in the house of Libra, the sym-
bol of justice and adjustmen*.
And even though a comet strikes
me as a fairly bizare political al-
ly - why not? We need all the help
we can get. ". . . these late eclip-
ses of the sun and moon . . . have
burning spits come hizzing in upen
him . .

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