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What if Sharon were one of us?...
Author Sharon Oard Warner will be reading from her work tonight at
Rackham Amphitheatre. Her stories are described as "the surprising
intimacy one can discover with just the right stranger on a long enough
bus journey." The free event is scheduled for 5 p.m.


March 21, 1996

Taka drive through Detroit and life
Meet renaissance student DeAndre, PolyGram rep. and Motown historian

Johnny Rotten is clearly happy that the Sex Pistols are touring again.
!Anarchy'withiout Sid
Legendary punk rockers reunite
for multi-nation 1996 concert tour
LONDON (AP)-- The Sex Pistols are back, and this time it's not anarchy that
drives them - it's money.
The seminal punk-rock band formed 21 years ago and released a few singles
starting with "Anarchy in the U.K." before disintegrating within a few years. Its
members had little solo success, and bassist Sid Vicious died of a drug overdose
in 1979 while awaiting trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend.
Now the original lineup plans to tour Europe, the United States and Asia.
"We have found a common cause, and it's your money," lead singer John
Lydon, again using his nom de punk of Johnny Rotten, said Monday.
If the inspiration is different, the sneering attitude is the same: Rotten said the
group plans no new material for the tour, and won't rehearse.
Rotten also said the group won't miss Vicious. His spot will be filled by Glen
Matlock, who was bumped from the band in 1976 in favor of Vicious.
"Sid was nothing more than a coat hanger to fill an empty space on the stage,"
Rotten said.
The tour begins June 21 in Finland. U.S. dates were not announced.
Make $8, 311
This is a clone. It does the same
summer job as everyone else. It will
never know the adventure of a roadtrip
with friends across the country to work
harder than it has ever worked and
make more money than it has ever made
before. It will endure another summer
of boredom and repetition. It is stuck.
Get Unstuck.
Interviews being held today: Thursday, March 21
Michigan Union, Welker Room 2:15pm, 4:15pm
Be prompt. Bring pen and paper. If unable to attend, call Dirk at 665-7119
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By Eugene Bowen
Daily Arts Writer
He carried me along for the ride. Cruising around
the streets of Detroit in his mother's 1995 Honda
Civic listening to D'Angelo, to those on the outside
we just looked like two brothas chillin', not necessar-
ily looking for anything or heading anywhere. But
within the vehicle's confines I was interviewing a
man, only months older than me, yet whose story
made him seem much more ... the word eludes me. He
was just much more.
"This is the street Florence Ballard
(of the Supremes) lived on," he told me
as he turned on to the fine home-lined
LaSalle Boulevard. He's my personal
tour guide of the historical Motown N
District of Detroit for the day. "There f
are all mansions here, all currently oc-
cupied by black people."
I'm riding with DeAndre Boldon. I'd
ask you to remember the name, but you
probably won't. If you weren't reading
this story, you'd probably never hear of
him. But that's OK; for reasons only he
comprehends, he seems to prefer it that
Twenty-year-old DeAndre is in many
ways typical. He grew up in Detroit,
sang in the church choir as a kid, and
graduated from Cass Technical High
School. He originally attended Wayne
State as a harp-performance major. He
later switched to business because he
"wanted a degree with a greater ex- DeAndre Bo
panse of possibilities. I didn't want to
graduate from college limited to being
a harp teacher."
DeAndre has typical bachelor-life enjoyments. "I
love to clean my apartment. I love to take rides along
Belle Isle and play Super Nintendo, NBA Jams mostly,"
he said. With a pair ofears that could easily rival Martin
Lawrence's, a pair of large, round, innocent-looking
eyes set into a face complete-with a boyishly-jolly smile
and naturally curly faded hairstyle, DeAndre looks like
your typical 'round-the-way guy.
So why write about him? Although he may be
young, DeAndre's attitude projects him as one much
older, wiser and. mrture. Although he may seem

completely typical, he is, in his own way, different.
Yet in the end, regardless of all he does, you will never
hear from or about him again.
And he prefers it that way.
DeAndre Boldon is a black-music college repre-
sentative for PolyGram Group Distribution, a com-
pany that owns such well-known record labels as
Motown, Mercury, London, A&M, Perspective and
50 percent of Def Jam, among others. He is respon-
sible for promoting artists and LPs on college cam-

one from Boyz II Men to Public Enemy to CeCe
Peniston. DeAndre has a voice within the music
industry. "I get to work with extraordinary artists," he
said. "People take me seriously; they take my point of
view seriously. They listen to what I say; they're
interested in what I'm saying."
"Here we see New Bethel Baptist Church," DeAndre
said, breaking from the interview to once again revel
at another great historical site. I look up at the impos
ing gray building on West Grand Boulevard, and I
begin to understand the awe DeAndre
feels even after having seen this build-
ing many times before. "Here's where
Florence Ballard's funeral services were
held on February 27, 1976. Know who
the pastor was then? Aretha Franklin's
father, Rev. C.L. Franklin."
DeAndre was chosen as the first
ever recipient of the "PGD Colleg
Representative for Black Music o
the Year" award; he recently received
the award, as well as a large bonus
check, in New York City:'"Techni-
cally, the award is for PGP~b-ut really
it's for everybody in theorld," he
gloated. "PolyGram is theNo. 1 mu-
sic distributor and the No.l distribu-
tor of black music.
"I don't feel any different receiving
this award. But it does add to the pres-
sure. It's a prestigious title,;It'l ltakea
immense amount of additional hard
NYA BROAD/Daily workjust to maintain that status.Every-
oundtrack. thing I do from now on will be seen not

idon cherishes his award for the platinum "Jason's Lyric" s

puses throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky
and parts of New York. A full-time student, DeAndre
contributes well over 40 hours per week to PGD alone
even though he's only paid $6 per hour.
There's a good chance you've enjoyed his work. If
you attended Bronze Elegance or the Kappa Alpha Psi
talent show last year you probably saw recording
artists Joya or Black Sheep. DeAndre organized these
appearances. Working with the Wayne State chapter
of the historically black Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity,
he brought Red Man and Method Man there last year
as well. He's done giveaways and worked with every-

just on a regional basis, but on a na-
tional basis."
As we continued our drive, I wished I could see the
city from his eyes. I wanted to better understand the
intermixing of hope and despair that filled every word
uttered from his mouth. He took me to Barry Gordy's
splendorous mansion, then took me to thp next bloc
to show me the run-down buildings that lined the ne,
"Ijust drive around sometimes and thing abouthow
short life is. How this city could go from being a
Mecca of something to a Mecca of nothing. This shit
can have unprecedented wealth if somebody would
See DEANDRE, Page 11

Emmylou brings country to 'U'

By Jennifer Buckley
Daily Arts Writer
Throughout a career spanning three
decades and 24 records, Emmylou Harris
has always been somethingofan outsider
to the country music establishment.
The singer emerged in the late-'60s
and built a reputation as a staunch tradi-
tionalist just as mainstream Nashville
products began sounding slicker. Initially
established as a backup vocalist by her
early-'70s work with country-rock icon
Gram Parsons on "GP" and "Grievous
Angel," and later on Bob Dylan's "De-
sire," Harris asserted her individual bril-
liance with her 1975 major-label solo
debut, "Pieces of the Sky."
She has since proved herself a fine
song writer in her own right (1985's
"The Ballad of Sally Rose"), but Har-
ris' real genius lies in interpretation, in
her uncanny ability to take the songs of
others and make them wholly her own.
With her latest release, "Wrecking

Ball," Harris gets daring (even more of
an anomaly in Nashville these days),
choosing songs from different genres to
create a masterpiece that's essential
country and essential rock. The fact
that the record just received a Grammy
(Harris' seventh) for Best Contempo-
rary Folk recording testifies to its lack
of musical boundaries; she interprets
songs by writers as diverse as Dylan,
,imi Hendrix, Lucinda Williams,Steve
Earle and Neil Young.
Producer Daniel Lanois (who also
wrote two tracks and played guitar on
the album) surrounds Harris' rich,
throaty voice with powerful, echoing
drums and ringing guitars. "Wrecking
Ball" definitely creates a mood, which
is exactly what Harris, with Lanois on
hand, hopes to do at 8 o'clock tonight at
the Michigan Theater. Tickets are $20,
$25 and $30 and are available at the
Michigan Union Ticket Office or by
calling Ticketmaster at(810)645-6666.

Country music outsider Emmylou Harris plays at the Michgan Theater ton

The only stupid questions
are the ones you don't ask.
Come hear experts from the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center
during Cancer Awareness Week organized by University
Students Against Cancer.
Monday, March 25 -4 pm
"Minimizing Your Risk of Cancer"
Vic Strecher, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Cancer Prevention and Control
Chemistry Building, Rm. 1300
Tuesday, March 26--1 pm
"Coping with Cancer"
Rita Petrovskis, R.N., Cancer AnswerLine Resource Nurse

7:00 PM
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$19.50 & $14.00

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