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September 5, 2003




By Jim Weber
Daily Arts Writer


This could be the beginning of a
beautiful friendship.
Yesterday, Campus Corner and
OF Playboy magazine held an auto-
.,, graph session for Art and
Design senior Yen Shipley to
promote her appearance in
Playboy's October "Girls of
the Big Ten" issue that hit
newsstands on Aug. 22. Man-
ager Joe Kraim said this is the
first time Playboy has done an
autograph session at the party
store, but hopes it isn't the
last. Kraim estimated Campus
Corner would sell 500 issues
of the magazine and even got
an autograph of his own on a
Campus Corner T-shirt to join
the store's collection of rare
Although Shipley had never
given her autograph before, she
was definitely prepared for the
"I have been practicing my
autograph since I was four, is that
narcissistic or what?" Shipley
joked, adding she originally
dreamed of signing autographs as
an opera singer.
The autograph session went
smoothly and Shipley said that most
fans have been courteous and
respectful when they approach her
about the photo. Playboy's news-
stand operations director Lee
Waedekin stood by Shipley through-
out the session in suit and tie, but
insisted he was not needed to moni-
tor Shipley's fans.
"Everyone really behaves them-
selves at these types of events, we
don't need to worry about anyone
misbehaving," Waedekin said.
The signing left employees and
students wanting more. LSA junior
Dustin Schneider, one of the many
students to receive an auto-
graphed copy of the magazine,
and Kraim shared disappoint-
ment that the other University
students in Playboy - Adri-
enne Rose, Sarah Louise


My fingers smell delicious.

Young rocki free in
elaborate stage show

By Laurence Freedman
Daily Arts Writer


and Lauren Kathleen - could not
make it for the signing.
"The two blond girls (Louise and
Kathleen) are unbelievable," Schneider
"We were wondering if we could get 5
more girls in here," said Kraim, "but
they didn't accept that, (and) that is up
to Playboy."
Waedekin said the other students were tied up
with class during the shoot that lasted from 4
p.m. to 6 p.m.
Interestingly, being tardy to class is the way
Shipley originally found out about the opportu-
nity to pose. She heard about Playboy's Big Ten
issue on the radio while driving to ballet class
late. Then just weeks after an interview and an
audition photo shoot with polaroids, Shipley
found herself in the Millennium Club for the
real thing.
"It was a great process," Shipley said. "I
showed up (and) they were really professional
and personable. It was a very comfortable expe-
"As artists, we see naked people all the time
- drawings, sculptures, paintings," said Ship-
ley. "So it wasn't a big thing to me at all."

Even after the final shoot in the spring, Ship-
ley wasn't notified that she was in the magazine
until two weeks before the issue hit newsstands.
But Shipley made sure the decision was no
secret, informing her mom after the audition
and telling her dad after the final photo shoot.
She said that both family and friends have been
very supportive throughout the whole process.
Her sister has been telling everyone she knows,
and also a lot of perfect strangers.
Shipley insisted that she doesn't see the
photo "as a hindrance in any way, as far as my
career goes," and she continues to dream of a
life in singing, acting or painting. She also did-
n't rule out another photo shoot.
"I won't necessarily pursue it, but if the
opportunity comes up again and they offered
me something, I would do it," Shipley said.

sics, the three-hour
concert showcased
both the thoughtful
creativity and the raw
power for which
Young has become a
rock legend.
The live perform-
ance of Greendale is

Neil Young
and Crazy
Wed., Sept.3
At Van Andel Arena
often as much

Neil Young's show was a breath of
fresh air. Performing his new record
Greendale in its entirety followed by a
short set ofYoung and Crazy Horse clas-

Green dale a return to form for aging rock legend

musical theater as it is a rock show, a
bizarre multimedia presentation of an
even stranger story about a fictional Cal-
ifornia town and the three generations of
the hippy-dippy Green family that live
there caught in changing times.
Actors pantomiming as Young sang,
the production used a video screen and
a moving platform to turn what was
strikingly similar to a high school play
into something far more substantial.
Greendales plot is confusing and it
easily could have been over the audi-
ence's head. However, thanks to the inti-
macy of the arena, and Young's delivery,
following along was as easy and satisfy-
ing as pie. Singing a line or two fol-
lowed by a moment of warm guitar,
Young leaves room for us to reflect on
every line, giving them more poignancy
and depth.
Musically, the Greendale songs man-
aged to hit hard while maintaining the
fla1ir Arc

ambling quality of the studio album.
Although the triumphant finale "Be the
Rain" was certainly a highlight with
over 40 people on the stage, the peak of
the Greendale set was the contempla-
tive "Bandit" which Young performed
solo and acoustic. Its incredibly reso-
nant bass line below, Young's falsetto
soared as he sang the perfect chorus:
"Someday, you'll find everything you're
looking for."
For many older fans the almost two-
hour Greendale set only made the final
hour of older Young tunes seem more
exciting. The short set proved without
question that these guys spawned
grunge. Busting out with "Hey Hey, My
My" followed by "Rockin' in the Free
World," Young and Crazy Horse
screamed through their hits with angular
guitar solos and three-minute feedback-
laced rave-ups at the end of each tune.
Young remains a grizzly stomping
maniac at age 57, delivering the kind of
badass attitude one looks for in a rocker.
Sometimes alone jamming out at the far
end of the stage, sometimes huddled
right next to his band mates Billy Talbot
and Pancho Sanpedro, Young would
return to the mic to deliver his charac-
teristically nasal vocals in timeless
songs like "Powderfinger" and "Like a
Hurricane" ("I'm tryin' to love ya, but
I'm getting blown away").
The Greendale portion of Neil
Young's concert on Wednesday night
was a joyous reminder of what can be
accomplished by pushing the creative
boundaries of the rock genre. On the
heels of this new work came a thunder-
ous reminder of rock and roll's roots.

By Laurence Freedman
Daily Arts Writer

After a decade of releasing general-
ly directionless, mediocre albums,

Neil Young has
come back with
one of the most
successful records
of his storied
career. Not only is
Greendale a suc-
cess musically,

Neil Young
and Crazy
Reprise Records

dale, a fictional California town
where the Green family live on the
Double E ranch. What goes down
there is utterly fantastic: a drug-relat-
ed cop killing, visits from the devil,
and a journey undertaken by Sun
Green to "be a goddess in the planet
wars" with a guy named Earth Brown.
Greendale touches on themes that
are anti-media, anti-big business and
generally critical of the direction our
country is headed. Nonetheless, hid-
den underneath this canopy of disillu-
sion is hope, and the story is by no
means negative or contradictory in its
messages. It is as if Young is reflect-
ing on the idealism that was a corner-
stone of his hippie generation with
both nostalgia and a smirk while

looking both doubtfully and hopeful-
ly to the future. There is a lot here
that could be incredibly pretentious,
but Young manages to make it clear
that he doesn't take himself too seri-
ously at all.
Straddling the territory between
Young's soothing acoustic work and
Crazy Horse's garage-grunge rock-
ers, Greendale features 10 almost
hypnotically simple songs, which
invite the listener to relax to Young's
cascading guitar work while soaking
in the lyrics.
Those who enjoy Young's quieter
stuff more than his thrashing Crazy
Horse material will probably get
more out of Greendale, although any
thoughtful music fan who appreci-

but also it gives the sophisticated lis-
tener something to think about as the
story of this "musical novel" unfolds.
The setting is present-day Green-

ates a full-quality record in this day
of singles and mixes will enjoy
Greendale, which finds.Neil Young
as prolific as ever.



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