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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 1, 1984


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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Multi-talented Michael Jackson's
eight-award sweep behind his smash album Thriller set one
record and classical conductor Sir George Solti toppled
another in a night of firsts at the 6th annual Grammy awards.
Thriller which has sold 25 million records to become the
best-selling record of all time, earned Jackson seven awards
Tuesday night, including album of the year and record of the
year for the No.1 single "Beat It."
The eighth award, best children's recording, was for his
narration and singing on the album version of E.T. -The Ex-
Jackson went into the National Academy of Recording Arts
& Sciences ceremony with 12 nominations in 10 categories.
The previous record for most Grammys won in a single
evening was held by Paul Simon, who picked up seven awar-
ds for the 1970 Simon & Garfunkel hit album Bridge over
Troubled Water.
Solti, who had won 19 Grammys before the nationally
televised awards show, recieved another four, including best
classical- recording and best orchestral recording for
Mahler's Symphony No. 9in D Major.
In another Grammy first, 22-year-old trumpet virtuoso
Wynton Marsalis won one Grammy for a classical work and
another for jazz.
Solti's four awards were matched only by Quincy Jones,
who earned three Grammys as Jackson's co-producer
on Thriller and one as producer of the E.T. album.
"Of all the awards I've got tonight, I'm most proud of this
one," Jackson said of the E.T. grammy.
His other Thriller awards included best male pop vocal for
the album, rock vocal for "Beat It," rhythm & blues vocal
and song of the year for "Billy Jean," and producer of the

The British rock band The Police kept Jackson from win-
ning the two other awards he was nominated for. The band's
elegantly simple ballad, "Every Breath You Take," beat out
Jackson and Paul McCartney's "The Girl is Mine" in the pop
group category.
Police lead singer Sting took new song of the year honors
for writing "Every Breath You Take."
The group, which in previous years had won three Gram-
mys, took four this time, including the rock group award for
their Synchronicity LP and the rock instrumental category
for the title track to Sting's. "Brimstone & Treacle" soun-
In accepting his seventh Grammy for male pop vocalist,
Jackson finally doffed the dark glasses. "I don't want to take
them off, really," he said. "Katharine Hepburn, who is a
dear friend of mine, told me I should, so I'm doing it for her. .
and the girls in the balcony.
Irene Cara, disheveled after performing her hit "Flash-
dance . . . What a Feeling," was a surprised female pop
vocalist winner. "I can't believe this," she said.
Boy George, lead singer of Culture Club, which won the
award for best new artist, gave the otherwise placid show a
comic touch with his acceptance sppech, telecast via satellite
from London. "Thank you America," he said. "You've got
taste, style, and you know a good drag queen when you see
Another highlight of the CBS telecast, which ran about 15
minutes over it's scheduled three hours, was veteran rock 'n'
roller Chuck Barry's performance before accepting a special
Lifetime Achievement Grammy.


Nembert the Troll

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N EMBERT WOKE up early that
morning. First thoughts: "I'm in
a foreign country. Where's the
The troll strolls down to the hotel
lobby, where he realizes, "No one
here speaks my language.'
(Background voices: "Ah yes, but the
language of amour is universal").
Undaunted, he proceeds into the
restaurant where he downs a petit
dejeuner of five buttered and jellied
croissants and three cups of black
French coffee.
Nembert picks up a morning
newspaper, Le Matin; the headline, in
200 point big black bold block type,



Taylor talks
about drugs

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Elizabeth Taylor, saying her life has
been filled with "genuine pain," told
yesterday how she kicked a 25-year
drug habit at the Betty Ford Center
where her therapy included taking out
the garbage.
"I was terrified and I'm so grateful
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25 years. I have had a lot of operations.
I've had a lot of genuine pain in my
Taylor, who celebrated her 52nd bir-
thday Monday, entered the Betty Ford
Center at the Eisenhower Medical Cen-
ter near Palm Springs, California,
December 5 for treatment of an addic-
tion to prescription drugs. Shi checked
out January 20.
During the ABC interview, the first
since her release, she said that instead
of facing her pain and learning to live
with it, she resorted to pills.
Taylor - who has made headlines
much of her life with scandals,
illnesses, marriages, divorces and a
madcap lifestyle - said her family
helped her realize she had a drug
problem during an earlier
While taking an "enormous"
amount of drugs, Taylor said, "I would
try and say something and the thought
from my brian would not reach my
tongue. I was stuttering, I was stum-
bling and it terrified me.
"I'm an addictive kind of person,"
she said.
"It's a disease. I was terrified when I
first went there. I probably neyer felt as
alone in my entire life because I've
been protected. I've been working since
I was nine years old, always around
Unsure about her future plans,
Taylor said her engagement to Mexican
attorney Victor Luna might be the
"longest engagement in the history of
the world."

reads, "LA LOI DU CAMION."
The law of the truck. All routes into
and out of the French Alps un-
ceremoniously but effectively ob-
structed by big, smelly European-
trucks - and at the height of the
skiing season, with the schools all on
vacation. The newspaper tells of the
crying children, the tourists forced to
sleep in their cars and in schools, the
stubbornly defiant truckers, who
drink wine around diesel campfires.
The newspaper calls it the greatest
traffic' jam in the country's history
and a blantant sign of dissatisfaction
with the socialist regime.
Nembert calls it a crock of shit. For
him, the strike means at least a day
less on the slopes and some extra time
in Paris. Gay Paris. Hoo boy. The,
land of Camembert, Michelin, and
stringy bathing trunks.
Nembert looks around. No one
seems panicked about the strike
which paralyzes the country's border
roads and railways. Everyone is
dressed in leather. Black, brown, red,
femmes, hommes, full length coats,
jackets, tight pants, boots, supple,
tough, Rockers, Mods, wavers,
housewives. All cow.
And they stare at him; but Nembert
the American looks cool in his CBN T-
shirt, Converse hightops, glacier
sunglasses, and funny haircut. He
stares back, then goes to drink aniset-
te on the banks of the Seine.
Day 3
The law of the truck eases a bit,
allowing a few buses to squeeze past
the lines into the big valley at

Chamonix. A couple drivers torch
their cabs in protest, but the tourists
are unimpressed. The food shortages
were exaggerated:Fondue all around.
An all-night snowstorm dumps a foot
of fresh white on the already covered
slopes. Nembert rediscovers the joy-
of frosted facial fur.
Alpine skiing; deep powder,
glaciers with brilliant sun and dark
crevasses, blue ice, long lines for the
base gondolas, pushy people.
Everyone smokes, even at 14,000 feet;
the French are a strong-lunged,
fashion-minded mix. Nembert falls in
love several timeF, then gives it up to
Day 7
The strike is lifted, as the Mitterand
government sets negotiation dates.
Back to Paris for the troll, who has
unearthed an instinctual fondness for
raw meat. All districts are covered,
all banks are cashed; the crowded
shops of Les Halles give way to the
sidewalk gyros of the Latin Quarter
and the cafes of Saint Germain. Nem-
bert ends up at a Cecil Taylor concert
at the New Morning jazz club. The
troll feels a strange kinship with this
bizarre, grunting, wheezing artist.
Morning returns, and all has passed
quickly. This is a foreign country,
Nembert thinks, and it remains so.
Still no sign of Babar. Annie Lennox
walks by at the De Gaulle aeroport, a
scarf deftly covering the orange hair.
And then, back to the pettiness that
is Ann Arbor.




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