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Page 8- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 21, 1989

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McGuane

makes grade

Hippodrome (Itift to right, Chris Richards, Doyle Dean, Keith Klingensmith, and Todd Holmes) show bravado in
the way they play onstage and in the way they brag about wearing their unmentionables.
Hippodrome ignores drone

BY MARK WEBSTER
DETOIT-based rockers Hippodrome will romp
through Club Heibelberg's music corral Thursday
night. Their chiming, propulsive, original composi-
tions make this a rising band to catch in perfor-
mance. The guitar-fronted foursome plays impas-
sioned songs about the complex joys and anguish of
life nearing the '90s. Chris Richards' lyrical lead
guitar cries out in refrain to his vocals, while Keith
Klingensmith cuts a signature swath on rhythm gui-
tar. Todd Holmes keeps a driving beat on bass, and
Doyle Dean pounds, leaps and splashes on the
drums.

Despite their relative youth (they've just passed
drinking age), Hippodrome plays with a seemingly
long-found confidence onstage. "We could go out
there and play in our underwear," says band founder
Richards (no known relation to Keith).
Hippodrome has an impressive catalog of origi-
nal tunes which will be released on a compact disc
later this fall. Richards and Dean collaborate on the
songs, Richards penning tunes and Dean handling
lyrics. According to Dean, "Our songs try to touch
on all situations in life, including the happy ones.
Much of the New Music scene today is so moody;
we think there's more to reality than doom and
gloom."
HIPPODROME' plays Thursday at Club
Heidelberg, 215 N. Main St. For information call
994-3562.

BY JAY PINKA
"I haven't been here since I flunked
out," smiled nine-times published
author Thomas McGuane, pouring
water into a crystal cup at Rackham
Auditorium last night.
"There's a part of me that thinks
maybe I can get back in this way,"
added McGuane, inciting contagious
laughter in both students and profes-
sors.
The experiential philosophy and
accessibility of humor revealed in his
latest novel, Keep The Change,
showed in the refreshing rapport he
quickly developed with the audience.
McGuane was here for the first time
in 30 years "to talk, not read," said
Professor Nicholas DelBanco in
opening remarks to the listeners
who, having occupied every seat,
overflowed into the emerald-carpeted
aisles with anticipation.
McGuane first took the audience
on more than a psychic journey with
his funny newsreel clips of the coun-
tryside between the Florida Keys and
Montana, seen through the eyes of
his roving main character, Joe
Starling. His phraseology includes
somewhat lyrical descriptions of nat-
ural landscapes, symbolic of Joe's
changing nature and uncertain fate by
dramatic fluctuations in weather.
McGuane's wry, comical commen-
tary about humanity and its cultural
quirks emerges as Joe drives by
"Elvis portraits in black velvet," lis-
tens to radio commercials for "a fash-
ion center for babies," and spots a
bumper sticker "Don't sleep with a
dn, call a plumber."
The author, dressed in beige
blazer, black hair glittering with sil-
ver highlights, hinted at deeper truths
about Joe's wishes to be invisible,
while the character engages in an
escapade spanning the semi-wasteland
Southern states "filled with phantom
vehicles."
"This is Dallas," stated McGuane,
as the city, personified as a declara-
tive, accusatory voice, interrupts the
detatched reverie of Joe's vagabond
narrative:
"We see you passing, you ghost."
McGuane, with a good-natured
comment on the lens he lost from
his glasses prior to the reading,
gladly opened the floor to questions.-

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Thomas McGuane read from his latest novel, Keep The Change, Tuesday
ny nRackhaimsAditorium. H e will henceforth be a beacon of hope for
One listener asked the author what and imagination in fellow writers:
question h~e would like to be asked. "Improvise, blow notes... "
McGuane's response revealed that Interestingly enough, McGuane's ob-
though people like to discuss his session with The Rolling Stones'
fm work,he prefers to discuss liter- "Paint It Black" played a principal
H ' ' -
ature. His inclusion of his "best role in his creative process during the
trout-fishing stries" showed his writngofs first novelpi.eds
Another student requested advice that something flows."
for the aspiring writer who "just "It doesn't matter what," he af-
can't get anything down on paper." furmed.
The author's answer displayed his
working knowledge of writing. THE DAILY
aMe uatic reflected that such ierscCL ASSIFIEDS
areliely"p 'ng oomuh onep
tual pressure'' on themselves. A RE A GREAT
"Writing is action," he added. WAY TO GET
Paralleling the art form and mu- FAST RESULTS
sic, McGuane encouraged spontaneity a io i f
quetio hewold iketobe ske. ImpovseA low'7notes..

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