Sunday, January 9, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, January 9, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
IP. o, Ive
Angelou: Crying on
SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' ANDrecord shop, offers Maya a job feeling sorry for Angelou, be-
GETTIN' M E R R Y LIKE as a clerk, at a salary which cause she does it; in liberal
CHRISTMAS, by Maya Ange- will allow her to work only that doses for herself. And for a
lou. Random House, New York. one job. She describes Louise woman who beats the breast as
269 pp. $8.95. as a "white (woman) who wore much as she does, success on
perfume and smiled openly with the stage seemed to come easi-
By JEFFREY SELBST the Negro customers, so I knew ly enough.
E REDOUBTABLE Mayashe was sophisticated." Does Our plot line takes us through
Angelou 'has come up with she take the job? Yes, but first a marriage with a (gasp) white
yet the third volume of her she ponders, ."Maybe she of- Greek male, whom her mother
copious autobiography. Picking fered friendship because she Vivian hates so much that she
up where she left off, MayaI pitied me. The idea was a string (Vivian) moves from Frisco to
is living in a cheap room in winding at first frayed and L.A. so she won't have to 'be
San Francisco, working two loose, then tightening, binding near the happily married cou-
jobs so she can pay a baby- into my consciousness. My ple. Yes, Maya, we got your
sitter to care for her young spirit started at the intrusion, point: racism does work both,
son, hanging around the Mel- A white woman? Feeling sorry ways.
rose Record Shop for diversion for r e? But Tosh (her hubby) finds
and playing John Lee Hooxer What kind of friendship, Ma- he doesn't like being married
and Charlie Parker records for ya? She offered a job! to a devastatingly sexy, perfect
spiritual nourishment. One imagines that no one in housekeeper, wonderful mother-
Lousie Cox, proprietess of the the world need waste their time , type wife, and Maya divorces;
her own shoulder
the meeting place
FOODS * PIZZA * LIQUOR o BEER * WINE
Will A ustralian save New
York's press -- or ruin it?
NEW YORK (P) - A com-
peting newspaper in Australia
described him as a "rare breed
-a tough, nervy businessman
prepared to. put up both verb-
ally and financially."
Rupert Murdoch is that. And
HE IS A man who runs and
owns 88 newspapers on three
continents, and at age 45 com-
mands a publishing empire that
is vast, powerful and contro-
versial in its approach to news
-one often, but not always,
punctuated by heavy emphasis
on crime and sex.
Now Murdoch has tackled New
York, capturing headlines and
attention in this media center
like no individual in recent me-
ory. In the past ten days. he has
taken control of the only city-
wide afternoon newspaper and,
following a protracted, two-week
fight, has purchased more than
60 per cent of the company
which publishes New York and
New West magazines and the
weekly Village Voice.
These latest investments,
should he be able to purchase
all the stock of the New York
Magazine Co.. will cost Murdoch
about $46 million, including $31
million for the New York Post,
an afternoon tabloid w h o s e
circulation has declined from
night, he said the editorial in- News and moved to New York,
dependence and integrity of the where he began the weekly Na-
three publications would be I tional Star, a tabloid sold iiot-
maintained. He offered the man- ly in supermarkets.
aging editor of each a rwo-vear The Australian Financial Re-
contract that guaranteed editir- view, which is published by
ial control. Miirdoch's prime comieticr.
Murdoch said he plans to, paid him a tribute of sorts last
boost the Post's circulation to week in an editorial headlined
700 (00 by the end of the year i "Businessman of the Year -
and reverse the balance sheetIMaybe. Journalist of "he Year-
from red ink to black by 1978. Hardly."
Murdoch also hones o chailenge 'The editorial called Murdech a
the New York News for circu- power broker who was often un-
lation supremacy. nonular because of his poiur'on.
But it said it was "impomrble
MURDOCH BEGAN his career not to admire the verve and en-
at the age of 21 when he inheri- ergy of Rupert Murion. Not
ted the Adelaide News in Aus- only is he vigorously expan:ling
tralia from his father. In 10o. his empire with bold tak'eovers,
he bought a group of suburban he is running fiancially s'icers-
paners near Sidney and used the ful newspaners in an indusry,
money he made off those to pur- populated by Cassuacdl ris nd
chase the Sydnev Daily Mirrar. Jeremiahs."
him. Fade out.
When we pick up our tale
again, Maya is working as a
stripper and B-girl in a sleazy
bar, The Garden of Allah. She
meets strippers who despise her
because she wants to be a seri-
ous dancer, also because she
makes more money off the
ersatz drinks than they do. You
see, she gets 25 cents for every
drink bought her and two dol-
tars for each bottle of cham-
pagne. She tells the men who
drool about her to buy the
2hampagne - as it is better
than the ginger ale the manage-
ment passes off as booze. She
.ioes this to maintain a sense
:)f decency amidst so much
.'ilth and degradation.
But shortly it becomes ap-
parent that a) she is to be fired
(the other girls are jealops) andl
b) she is attracting a crowd
that, in terms of sophistication
and such, far surpasseth the
usual bums in the joint. She be-
-omes chummy with them, and
lo, they fix her up with a drama
-oach and a job at a prestigi-
3us nightclub, The Purple On-
ion. Tearfully, Maya says good-
hye to the sleazy life.
J7HE REST OF the book is
all uphill. Leonard, Sillman's
revue, New Faces of 1953, com-
es to town. There is a vacan-
cy in the cast. Maya auditions.
Does she get the part? You bet
she does!! But the wicked old
nightclub owners won't release
her from the exclusive contract
they've signed her to. Gnashing
her teeth, she continues to sing
at the club. But the easygoing
atmosphere has evaporated. "I
withdrew my affection and kept
only the shell of cool courtesy."
Well, to make a long story
merciful, she is offered a job
with the touring company of
Porgy and Bess. The contract
at the club still binds her. She
is befriended by the Frisco in-
tellect bunch. ("(Yanko Varda)
was a close friend of Henry
Miller and an acquaintance of
Pablo Picasso" - not above
namedropping, is she?). Her
contract expires. She is offered
a job in Saint Subber's Broad-
way producfion of House of
Flowers, goes to the Big Apple
to audition. Does she get the
job? Could she not? But, the
same day, she is called up
again by the Porgy and Bess
company and - you'll never
guess - they want her still!
And it's off to Europe for our
little Maya. Milan (La Scala),
Paris, Venice, Verona, Zagreb,
Cairo, you name it. But then
she remembers - her son! Her
little dumpling! She is neglect-
ing him! A quick boat ride to
New York, then a train ride
and its San Francisco here I
come, right back where -
She holds the little boy in her
arms, but he is sullen and de-
tached. Guilt-ridden at having
left him alone, she becomes
Until she realizes (by the help
of her dear old friend and vo-
cal coach Wilkie) that she has
A Lot To Live For!
Can't wait for Volume IV. You
gotta say it - the kid's prolific.
Next Fri. & Sat.:
JAY UNGAR & LYNDON HARDY
FORMERLY WITH THE DAVID BROMBERG BAND
AND THE PUTNAM STRING COUNTY BAN'D
- 1421 HILL
One of the three
in the United
He engaged the Sydney Sun
in a war of "bims Qnd boobs"
pavers and won in terms of cir-
In 1960 Mrdoch made, h e
nirchasp ",,t made his r-pu-
ta*ion. For about 750,000 pounds,
he bought the failing L o n d o n
S}n when it had a circulation of
800 000. He tvrrned it into a tab-
loid and took on the London
Daily Mirrror in another similar
battle for readers.
In 1973, Murdoch purchased
the San Antonio Express and
Have a flair for
ed inarev ewi
poetry, and music
or writing feature
stories a b itn t the
drama, dance, film
arts: Contact Arts
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THE CONTROVERSY he hasE
created here, in which s o mn e
writers and editors of the New
York Magazine Co. publications
tried to stop his purchase of
their publications, revolves
around speculation over what he
will do with the editorial con-
tent of his new properties.
The fear of (some is that hel
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London Sun and others. That ba-
sically is publishing a newspan-
er for the lowest common de-
nominator element. one in which
explicit stories about sex , and
crime and racy pictures am Ine
While Murdoch defends h i s
various publications, as being
designed for a particular aud-
ience, he says New Yorkers
need not worry that the char-
art r of the Post aid the o,'er
pu l cations will change.
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