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Saturday, January 26, 1974


Page Five

Saturday, January 26, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAiLY




On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court declared
that a pregnant woman may decide the fate of her
unborn child. To those who favor legalized abortion,
the schismatic debate had finally come to an end.
But on January 20, 1974, nearly a year after that
momentous ruling, over .1,000 people gathered on
Kennedy Square in Detroit to proclaim that the
battle has only begun.
PEOPLE FROM ALL walks of life stood in freez-
ing rain to hear local and state politicians, clergy
and concerned citizens exclaim the sacredness of
human life.
Although the sky above the crowd was heavy
with the meloncholy grayness of winter, the people
stood optimistic, bonded together by their professed
love for life. Many clutched fragile red roses to their
breasts-the rose, they said, is symbolic of life and
of death.
Signs reading, "Adoption Not Abortion," "Love
Life," "Abort the Court," and "Thou Shall Not Kill"
were as plentiful as the number of small children
that came to Kennedy Square with their parents.
THE QUESTION OF whether or not abortion
should be legal spins about perhaps the most tragic
of vicious circles. The mother should have the right
to decide over the conditions concerning her own.
body. Yet if the child is a human being, then it
should have the right to live. If the child is a human
being, does the mother have the right to decide
whether the child should live or die simply because
chance has the child attached to her?
There will probably never be a definite answer.
Women should have total control over their bodies.
What gives society the right to say otherwise? But,
who are women that they can decide to snuff out
the life which might be put inside of them? The
decision of abortion is such a complex and emotional
one that each case should be handled carefully and
personally and not covered by one vague and general
statement of condemnation or support.

Bob Dylan is no stranger to
Ann Arbor.
When Dylan appears with the
Band at Crysler Arena this Satur-
day, it will mark his third public
performance in Ann Arbor.
Little-known folk singer "Bob
Dillon" played the Union Ball-
room as part of a University of
Michigan Folk Festival April 22,

Arbor old


1963. Tickets sold for a whopping
$.90, the cheapest evening of the
Festival, and there were empty
Superstar Bob Dylan returned
to play Ann Arbor High School
Sept. 19, 1969 sponsored by the
Ann Arbor Folk and Jazz Society
before a packed house with ticket
prices up to $3.75.
Dylan also visited town on one
or two other occasions in '63-'64,
often staying at the home of Mike
Sherker, but didn't perform pub-
The Ann Arbor Folk Scene of
the early '60's (one of the most
active in the nation) has dis-
solved, and only a very few of
the original people are still living
Herb David, who now owns
Herb David's Guitar Studio, is
one of them.
He remembers Dylan in '63 as
being "grubbly, foal and filthy
. .. He was trying to be a Jack
Elliot-Woody Guthrie type, fak-
ing a hillbilly accent. Sometimes
he had a very objectional sort of
"But when he got on stage and
sang his own songs, people were
very impressed. He was ap-
platided after he finished, not
before he came on. His messages
were great; you didn't care who
he was. Maybe if he had worn a
suit, no one would have listened
to him.
David remembers Dylan being
thrown out of restaurants and
drugstores for his appearance
as well as hooted by-some of the
folk people.
Dylan was listed as "Dillon"
at the '63 concert simply because
a promoter misheard the name
over the telephone. "Dylan was

absolutely nobody at the time,"
says Herb David.
Despite the fact that Dylan
now denies some of the "protest"
songs he was singing at the time,
David believes that Dylan was
"From the way he talked
about his songs, I think he had
a solid background for his songs.
I got the impression he was just
talking about the things he saw
' around him; he wasn't trying to
make people change. He believed
in his impressions."
David does admit, though, that
Dylan was making a strong ef-
fort to make it "to become bigger
than Elvis Presley" in Dylan's
own words. "He was picking-
popular topics that people were
interested in," says David.
A very different Bob Dylan re-
turned to Ann Arbor in '65.
Despite the fact that he per-
formed alone, doing his accoustic
numbers off the albums Free
Whellin' and The Times They
Are a Changin', his style was

much different.
"In '65, Dylan wasn't talking
between songs, he was just play-
ing," says Herb David, "In '65
I didn't think he cared, he looked
very tired; he was running
through his numbers like his
body was programmed to do
Morey Richman, who helped
produce the concert for the Ann
Arbor Folk and Jazz Society
remembers that Dylan was quite
ill at the time. "He only stayed
two days, and had a doctor re-
move an abscess from his arm
the day before the concert."
The Folk and Jazz Society
rented space at Ann Arbor High
School (now Pioneer High School)
for the concert, which seats 1780
people, but very few from the
school still remember the con-
Principal Milo White of Pioneer
High commented: "Bob Dylan,
hmmm, I'm unable to place the
name. Was he a student?"




later -

the outcry


DRAMA-PTP presents Grease today and tomorrow at 3, 8 in
Power; Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents Company at
Mendelssohn today & tomorrow.
FILM-Cinema II shows Truffaut's Stolen Kisses today and
Bed and Board tomorrow, both in Aud. A at 7, 9; Cinema
Guild presents Grand Illusion today and Elusive Cor-
poral tomorrow, both at Arch. Aud. at 7, 9:05; Bursley
Hall Enterprises plays Harold and Maude at 9 in the W.
MUSIC-Musical Society presents the Warsaw Philharmonic
Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki tomorrow at 2:30
in Hill; Norman Kennedy plays at the Ark at 8:30 to-
CULTURAL EVENTS-India Students Assoc. celebrates Das-
kak, Republic Day Celebration, tomorrow at 5 in the 1st
United Methodist Church.

HERB DAVID still keeps a rare copy of the poster for Dylan's
'65 concert at Ann Arbor High School in his guitar shop.

Donovan writes foolish lyrics;
Akkerman: rock plus classic

Photos by

Donovan's producers should
have had him sing the lyrics to
his new album Essense to Essen-
ce (EPIC KE 32800) in Portu-
geuse, or maybe Hindi-Urdu.
This way, the essential silliness
of his ideas could be concealed
from his English-speaking aud-
It would take years for schol-
ars to catalogue all of the naked,
bald-faced silliness on this re-
cord. Donovan's bourgeoise mys-
ticism has gotten less and less
palatable as the years have pass-
Donovan offers some inane
Jungian counsel in "There is an
Ocean": "The One and 0 n I y
Heaven/"The God of Man/Is but
the 'closing of an eyelid away."
Converse with your unconscious;
take it out to lunch: "He knows
who goes within himself."
Bucky Fuller gets neatly mutil-
ated in "Operating Manual for
Spaceship Earth": "Do be kind
to your animal friends/You are
the keeper of Earth Zoo." Never
mind that man was supposed to
T highlights
2 All in the Family
7 Heat wave-the struggle of a young
clerk and his wife to escape the
56 Hamlet
4 The Night They Raided Minsky's
2 Entertainer of the Year-honors
Sammy Davis, Jr.
7 Pendulum-homicide captain prime

be one of the inmates, not the
know-it-all keeper.
On "Boy for Every Girl",
Donovan even treats us to some
hammed-up soft-core pornogra-
phy: "To lie within your woman's
warm/Upon your rising falling
form." "The Dignity of Man"
is less embarrassing than you
might expect from its portent-
ous title, but still mildly ridicul-
It's all a shame. Donovan does-
n't write bad tunes, just foolish
lyrics. Many of the songs on
Essence to Essence would have
stood up to repeated playings
if only their words were less pre-
cious. The arrangements ale of-
ten pleasing light rock, in the dis-
tinctive Donovan style. Respect-
able people like Nicky Hopkins,
Peter Frampton, Carole K i n g ,
and Bobby Whitlock donate their
services. If only the message
were something besides "Make
up your mind to be happy/Life is
a merry-go-round."
Jan Akkerman plays guitar for
Focus, the Dutch group t h a t
brought the world its most me-
suspect in murder.
50 The Brain from Planet Arous-crea-
ture from outer space takes over
body of a scientist.
9 The Tin Star-lean, literate yarn
about a young and inexperienced
7 Diplomatic Courier - Tyrone Pow-
er takes to the cloak-and-dagger
trail as a courier tangling with
mystery and danger.
2 Nightmare-tricky murder yarn
about a New Orleans jazz musi-
cian who dreams he commits a

morable yodeling since Henry
Kissinger sat on a grenade. Ak-
kerman's work with Focus has
been mostly fiendish electric
rock, with occasional classical
touches. His first solo a I b u m,
Profile (Sire SAS 7407) was a
listless collection of exceptionally
spaced-out and unusually boring
electric guitar compositions. Tab-
ernakel (ATCO SD 7032) offers
a refreshing change in style.
Here Akkermani has returned
to the classical world in which
he received his earliest train-
ing. With the assistance of form-
er Columbia professor of music
George Flynn, Akkerman has ga-
thered 7 guitar compositions
from classical sources and made
them shine. Akkerman has not
combined ROCK and THE CLAS-
SICS in these pieces - he is
just playing good classical music.
Much of this material has al-
ready been explored by conven-
tional classical guitarists 1 i k e
John Williams or Julian Bream.
But Akkerman has chosen and
performed his material -admir-
ably and this album may seduce
Jan. 27
returning to:

a few rock fans into investigating
classical acoustic guitar.
Akkerman also plays 3 compo-
sitions of his own on Tabernak-
el. "Javeh closes the first side
with a curiously half-melodic,
half-atonal composition. T h e
song consists of a moody dialogue
between Akkerman's fluttering
guitar and an orchestra of mel-
ancholy strings. The result is
eerie and effective.,
"Lammy' is a 14-minute qubsi-
heroic epic composed jointinly
by Akkerman and Georgy Flynn.
This is plugged-in- music more
in the style of Focus, but Ak-
kerman's classical discipline
shows through and makes the
piece= an appropriate companion
to his more discreet acoustic per-
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