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Hoge IVQ

'hardt on the rape

of the Sioux

Eight famous people came from
Nebraska, and John Neihardt is
one of them.
Neihardt is famous for epic
poems, which almost no one has
read, and for Black Elk Speaks,
a volume, of interviews with an
Oglala Sioux holy man. Nei-
hardt was initiated into the tribe
because of his long association
with and deep understanding of
its people.
Now he has produced an al-
bum of readings from 15 of his
best prose and poetry descrip-
tions of the death of the Sioux na-
tion. The three record set will
probably never sell a million, but
it will ;provide anyone with the
time and patience to sit through

it with a stirring vision of the
Sioux after the buffalo had gone.
Rainbow (United Artists LA 157-
J3) begins with personal reflec-
tions on people and events that
have passed into history. He
speaks of Sitting Bull, Black Elk,
and Crazy Horse with intense
emotion, but instead of choking
on that emotion like a sentiment-
al old man, he soars on top of
it like the best historians in the
oral tradition.
His recollection of the old Sioux
warriors and shamans is vivid,
compassionate, and crackling
with wit. If you discount the
fact that you need electricity to
play the records, and close your

MUSKET-Gypsy in -the Power Center at 8 tonight.
DRAMA-PTP presents Gay's Beggar's Opera at Mendels-
sohn at 8 tonight.
MUSIC-Bach Club presents works by Mozart, Beethoven
on piano, violin and cello at Greene Lounge in East Quad
at 8 tonight.
SCHOOL OF MUSIC-Univesrity Concert Band, Harry Mc-
Terry, conductor, at Hill Aud. at 8 tonight.
FILM-Cinema Guild presents the Checkers Speech and The
Young Mr. Lincoln in Arch. Aud. at 7, 9:05 tonight. Ann
Arbor Film Co-op presents Truffaut's Jules and Jim in
Aud. A, Angell, at 7 ,9 tonight. New World Film Co-op
presents Behind the Green Door in Nat. Sci. Aud. at 7,
9 and 11 tonight. South Quad Films present Willard in
Dining Rm. 2, South Quad, at 7:30, 9:30 tonight. Wo-
men's Studies Films present Chopra and Weil's Joyce at
34 and Rothchild's Woo Who May Wilson in Lec. Rm.
1, MLB, at °7:30 tonight.

eyes, you can imagine that you
are sitting with Neihardt and the
old, dying chiefs on a hilltop fac-
ing the setting sun.
Neihardt also relates tales of
the great massacres like Sand
Creek ,and Wounded Knee. Al-
though his information is at least
second hand, and often thirty
years had passed between the
event and the telling, his descrip-
tions are very accurate - cer-
tainly more reliable than news-
paper accounts of the time.
Finally, he explains some of
the stranger byways of Sioux
culture after white civilization's
onslaught, like the Ghost Dance
religion and assorted antics with
sincere anthropologists and ling-
In doing so, he also gives us
feed-back about our own strange
notions. In the cut about Ghost
Dancing, he explains that t he
Sioux got their conception of con-
quering death through flying
from missionaries' explanations
of Jesus' assumption to heaven.
When Christian priests told that
Jesus had been killed by his own
people because they thought he
was a troublemaker, the Sioux
were not particularly surprised
"They'd kill their own god. They
tell it themselves!"
The album title Flaming Rain-
bow is Neihardt's Sioux name.
In his own words: "Black Elk
thus explained the name he gave
me, Flaming Rainbow. The Sioux
language has no word for poet,
therefore he called me a word
'He is a word sender. This
world is like a garden. Over this
garden go his words like raia,
and where they fall they leave
a little greener. And when his
words have passed, the memory
of them shall stand long in the
west like a flaming rainbow.' "

PARIS () - An attorney says
an oiit-of-court settlement may be
reached in an inheritance dis-
pute between artist Pablo Pi-
casso's two illegitimate children
and his widow, Jacqueline, and a
Picasso left a large collection
of his own works and works by
other artists when he died last
year. His widow and son, Pablo,
gave the works of other artists to
the Louvre and claimed sole title
to Picasso's works.
But Claude and Paloma Pi-
casso, the artist's children by
Francoise Gillot, brought action
under a French law giving il-
legitimate children inheritance
A French civil court was to
have rendered a decision in the
case Tuesday, but it was delayed
after the attorney for Claude
and Paloma said an out-of-courtj
settlement was being discussed.

Daily Photo by TOM GOTTLIEB
Stanley Quartet
The University's Stanley Quartet (Percy Kalt, violin; Robert Courte, viola; Jerome Jelinek, cello;
and Benning Dexter, piano) performs a chamber music recital of works of Beethoven, Brahms, and
Dohnanyi last night in Rackham Aud.
B"loodrock, ZZ Top:

Tighten your
seat belt.
You never had
a trip like this
be ore.
8 and 10 p.m.
Couzens Film Coop

Bloodrock, to those who don't
know, is the band who produced,
back some time ago, the vivid
and chillingly paranoid, but not
too musical piece, "D.O.A." A
novelty number in the vein of
Black Sabbath, this songs of
sorts gradually came to find air-
space on progressive pop sta-
tions last summer. The group
had long since fallen dormant,
its lead singer and guitarist
having left for more viable out-
The band Bloodrock has now
regrouped behind the vocal,
woodwind, and writing talents of
Warren Hahn, a young Fort
Worth im'sician. With the re-
lease of their new album, Whirl-
wind Toungues (Capitol SMAS-
11259), the band proclaims it has
found a "new direction."
The group seems determined
to demonstrate they can do ev-
erything the big groups do. It's
all there: the tight flute and
drums of Jethro Tull; the
dreamy guitar solos of Yes; the
driving, searching progressions
of Chicago.
What's lacking is melody and
theme, blend and flow.
This album represents Blood-
rock's self - proclaimed attempt
to make a name in the world

of FM rock, leaving behind the
teeny scene. In the words of bas-
sist Eddie Grundy: "The audi-
ence will either grow up with us
or drop off." I suspect, they
will drop off.
The three-man rock group is a
rarity in the music world today
and to make it a trio must have
some indefinitely outstanding
feature. Grand Funk had their,
incredible volume, Creem, their
superb musicianship. ZZZ Top
seems to depend on their raun-
Their latest album, Tres Hom-
bres (LONDON XPS-631), gives
us three men who have a spec-
ial talent for producing loud,
boring music. Their songs, all in
the "Fine Texas Tradition", as
the jacket proclaims, sound as
though they took at least two
minutes to write and barely
playing time to record.
ZZ Top's problem lies in their
inability to play different styles

which might be helped by a
keyboard player but only if they
can come up with some better
Every cut includes what sounds
like the same screeching guitar
solo and by the album's reliev-
ing end you feel as it you've
heard the same song ten times
over. Until they "clean up their
act", this is definitely not a
group worth listening to.
rehearsal pianist needed
FEBRUARY 16-10 A.M.-1 P.M.
Call 761-2247 for appt.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Building
201 Mulholland
(off W. Washington)

3035 Washtenaw across from Lee Oldsmobile


I I 111 11 1 1

Fame and fortune can be
yours for a song.
128,000 cash prizes
an international songwriting competition

Let us enterita(inyo
Rose (Margo Martindale) explains to children (Barbara Niemeyer, left, and Lauren Young, right) her
plans to make them big Vaudeville headliners in M USKET'S production of 'Gypsy' which opens at
Power Center tonight at 8.


i mediatrics pr esents
starring BRUCE LEE
"High-powered martial arts action never stops"
FRI. & SAT. $1.00 7 and 9:30
NEXT WEEK-Second Annual New York Erotic Arts Festival
________. .____._v..

What is it? The beginning of a new era in
music-the first annual international song-
writing competition for both amateurs and
The Festival will be crowned with a series of
conce.rts to be held at the prestigious Sara-
toga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga
Springs, N.Y., where winning songs will be
performed by today's most popular enter-
tainers. TV coverage of the Festival finale is
planned. An album of the Festival's Best
Songs will be released internationally.
WHAT KIND OF SONGS? There are six ca-
tegories for both amateur and professional:
Rhythm and Blues/Soul/Jazz; Rock; Coun-
try & Western; Popular; Folk; and Gospel/
Religious. A sang may be entered in more
than one category. Amateurs compete
against amateurs. Professionals against pro-
fessionals. (Songwriters currently members
of performing rights organizations: ASCAP,
BMI, SESAC or their foreign counterparts
will be considered professional.)
entered will be listened to by experts from
the music industry. Thirty-six semi-f'inalists'
songs will be chosen (three from each oro-
fessionol and amateur category)o. These
then will be judged by an international jury

comprised of eminent composers, publishers,
artists and other representatives of the re-
cording and broadcast industries.
PRIZES: Total cash prizes of $128,000 will
be awarded. Each of the 36 semi-finalists
will receive $500 cash and be the guest of
the Festival for the August 30, through
September 2, 1974 finals.
Twelve finalists (a winner from each cate-
gory, each division) will receive an addi-
tional $5,000.
The composers of the Best Amateur and
Best Professonal song will each win an addi-
tional $25,000. The, Laurel Award for best
song of the Festival will be a concert grand
piano in addition to cash prizes of $30,500.
HOW TO ENTER: Start now. Enter as many
songs as you wish for an entry fee of
$10.85 per song. ($13.85 outside the USA
and Canada). Send the application below
with $10.85 for each song to the American
Sona Festival. Applications must be post-
marked no later than April 15, 1974.

gook includes important information every
songwriter should know; copyright laws,
publishing, selling your songs, etc.
Record your song on the blank cassette and
return it.
Instrumental and lyrical songs are accepted.
You don't have to be able to write music-
recording the cassette is enough. Elaborate
production is not necessary. The song is
what counts.
IMPORTANT FACTS: You do not relin-
quish ownership of a song by entering the
Festival. All rights remain with the entrant.
The Festival is a competition, not a music
publishing organization. Prizes are not tied
to publishing contracts. Songs previously re-
corded and released commercially are not
eligible for entry.
CLOSING DATES: Application for entry
must be. postmarked no later than April 15,
1974. The recorded cassette and entry form
must be returned postmarked no later than
June 3, 1974.
Enter now-fill out and mail the coupon
below today.


will receive the Official Festival Entry
ASF Cassette by Capitol, entry farm,,
Songwriters' Handbook. This valuable



Written .

...that working for a news-
paper can be exciting, frus-

L. Competition is oven to an nerson but emoloye"s, relatives, agents,
independent contractors of the American Song Festival, Inc. (ASF,
2. Each entry shall be wholly original and shall not. when used as
contemplated herein, constitute an infringement of copyright or an
invasion of the rights of any third party. Each entrant shall. by
this entry, indemnify and hold the ASF, Inc., its agents, indepen-
dent contractors, licensees and assigns harmless from and against
any claims inconsistent with the foregoing.,
3. Musical compositions heretofore recorded and released for commer-
cial sales in any medium may not be entered.
4. An entry of $10.85 ($13.85 outside U.S. and Canada) shall be sub-
mitted for each entry kit desired (blank cassette, Songwriters'
Handbook, and official entry forml. After receipt, the entry form
duly and accurately completed shall be returned with each recorded
cassette. Any number of songs may be entered by an individual pro-
vided that a separate entry fee is paid for each song.
5. The entrant must designate the category in which he wants his
song judged. A song may be entered in more than one category by
sending an additional fee of $6.25 for each additional category.
6. The rights to all songs remain with the entrant or the copyright
owner. Not withstanding, the ASF, Inc., its licensees and assigns

shall have the right to cause any song to be arranged, orchestrated
and performed publicly. in connection with activities of ASP, Inc.,
at no cost to the entrant. Entrant, if requested, will issue or cause
to be issued to the ASP. Inc., and its licensees and assigns a license
to mechanically reproduce the song on an original sound track al-
bum of the ASP in consideration of a payment calculated at the
applicable rate set forth in the U.S. Copyright Act and will also
issue or cause to be issued a license permitting the song to be re-
corded and synchronized with a filmed or video-tape account of the
ASP for use in any medium for a fee of $1.00. All materials sub-
mitted in connection with entries shall become the sole property of
ASP, Inc. and no materials shall be returned to the entrant. The
ASP, Inc. shall exercise reasonable care in the handling of materials
but assumes no responsibility of any kind for loss or damage to
such entry materials prior to or after receipt by the ASP, Inc.
7. Each entry shall be judged on the basis of originality, quality of
musical composition -and lyrical content, if applicable. Elabofate
instrumentation or recording is not a factor in judging. All deci-
sions of the screening panels and judges shall be °final and binding
upon the ASP, Inc. and all entrants.
8. Application for entry must be postmarked no later than April 15,
1974. Recorded entries must be postmarked by June 3, 1974.

trating, enjoyable and


---ENTER NOW---------------------------------
The American Song Festival, P.O. Box 57, Hollywood, CA 90028 73


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