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October 22, 2003




By Jared Newman
Daily Arts Writer
Ever since the death of bassist and
founding member Allen Woody, Gov't
Mule, the blues/jazz rockers that origi-

nally spawned
from the resurrect-
ed Allman Broth-
ers Band, have
been doing some
soul searching. The
quest to find a

Gov't Mule
Tonight at 7 p.m.
At the Michigan

replacement has been long and hard,
but after three years of touring and two
studio albums full of all-stars and per-
sonal heroes, members Warren
Haynes, Matt Abts and Danny Louis
have found a permanent bassist in
Andy Hess.
Hess has performed for years
with many top acts including the
Black Crowes, Joan Osbourne
and John Scofield. But oddly
enough, this latest outfit is his
first full time experience, and
he's excited for the change. Hess
said, "With a lot of these different gigs
that I've done over the years, I've
always kind of felt like I was a hired
gun. And that's cool, but this is some-
thing where I feel more a part of it, like

or if they like you as a person they'll
recommend you. And you'll still
become friends with those people, I'm
John (Scofield)'s friend, he's someone
that I'll want to call up."
His capability to work as a sideman
in previous projects is largely due to
his ability to create fat tones without
stealing the show. He understands that
one doesn't have to play like Victor
Wooten to be an excellent bassist.
"That's not my thing, I mean that shit's
off the hook, but it's just not how I
play. I like the role of connecting with
the drummer and being supportive of
other people."
In the limelight or not, one can't
help but watch Hess perform -
there's a lot to be said for a performer
who can be interesting simply by
playing their instrument. "It's not like
you have to have the right pants or
whatever. It's all about having fun and
making some good music."
Whether he's just bobbing his
head up and down or making a
face as if he's shocked by
sound, his mannerisms always
E amplify his unique style.
Plans to work in the studio are
also in the making, but not before the
band flexes its live muscle. Watch
Andy Hess and the rest of Gov't Mule
get further acquainted tonight at the
Michigan Theater.


Groove - Watch out, Stomp! There is another group in town and
tomorrow and Saturday night the sounds of Groove will be rever-
berating all through campus. Armed with brooms, trash cans,
metallic lids and sticks, this group of students will create raucous
rhythms to rock the rafters.


Bloom, boom, badoom, badoom.


'Hey, we're going to take a picture and
you're in it.' There's different ways of
how you're treated and how you feel."
Despite the shift from being a
bassist for hire and a full-fledged band

member, Hess maintains that there are
no hard feelings between him and his
previous employers. "Most of the gigs
that I've gotten are through recom-
mendation, and if you have the goods

Spy Kid: Meeropol to discuss Rosenberg family legacy

Vadim Repin - If classical melodies are more your style, then the
University Musical Society debut performance of violinist Vadim Repin
is the place to be this weekend. Mixing a fiery passion and poetic
artistry with an absolutely perfect technique, Repin will be weaving
beautiful tapestries of music at Rackham Auditorium this Sunday night.
"The Matrix Reloaded" DVD - While the second
installation of the "Matrix" trilogy brought mixed reviews, the
DVD is well worth a purchase. Everyone can agree that the visual
aspects of the movie are out of this world, and the DVD takes
viewers behind the scenes, showing the magic of
the film. Did you know that Carrie-Anne
Moss was actually weaving in and out of
traffic while going the wrong way during
the highway scene?
Michael Vartan from "Alias"
- Talk about twisting the happily mar-
ried scenario! "Alias" has just entered
its third season and already, Vaughn
(Michael Vartan) has been forced to keep
secrets from his wife and deal with being
literally stabbed in the stomach by Sydney.
You have to hand it to Vartan though; he
plays the brooding man well.
"The Rocky Horror Picture
Show" - As is tradition, the State The-
ater will be screening "Rocky Horror this
Saturday" at midnight. If you have never
been, you can expect an auction of virgins, a
lot of strangely dressed people and an inter-
active movie experience of mammoth propor-
tions. Before attending, brush up on the steps
of "The Time Warp." Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

By Alexandra Jons
Daily Arts Wter

It seems as though nothing positive
could result from a court case tried in
an environment where jingoism, the
fear of nuclear war, anti-Semitism

and McCarthyism
are prominent,
but activist and
author Robert
Meeropol is try-
ing to do just that.
The son of con-

At East Quad
Tonight at 8 p.m.

against the death penalty for 30 years;
prior to his activism, he practiced law
and attended the University, receiving
undergraduate and graduate degrees in
anthropology. A few decades after their
deaths, Meeropol and his older brother
Michael sued for the release of 300,000
secret FBI and CIA documents con-
cerning their parents. After learning
what happened to them, Meeropol
wanted to assist political activists fac-
ing adversity.
The purpose of the RFC is detailed
in its mission statement: "The Rosen-
berg Fund for Children was established
to provide for the educational and emo-
tional needs of children whose parents
have suffered because of their progres-
sive activities and who, therefore, are
no longer able to provide fully for their
children. The RFC also provides grants
for the educational and emotional

needs of targeted activist youth. Profes-
sionals and institutions will be awarded
grants to provide services at no or
reduced cost"
Released to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of his par-
ents' execution, N
Meeropol's memoir "An
Execution in the Family:
One Son's Journey"
details his transition from
orphaned child to politi-
cal activist. The Rosen-
berg brothers suffered a k
deprivation similar to that
which the RFC wishes to
prevent: In 1953, his par- a
ents were executed after z
being convicted of con-
spiracy. The Rosenbergs
allegedly conspired to obtain informa-
tion about the atomic bomb for the

USSR. When the couple refused to
falsely implicate others in exchange for
clemency, they were executed.
While Julius Rosenberg was indeed a
member of the Communist Party, the
trial was tainted by
alleged prosecutorial mis-
.,.conduct and took place
when public and political
opinion was being shaped
. by the likes of Sen.
Joseph McCarthy.
Accomplices and wit-
nesses in the trial were
given preferential treat-
ment, while other defen-
dants and prosecutors
allegedly fabricated testi-
mony and attempts to
appeal the death penalty
were thwarted by presiding Judge Irving
Kaufman's evocation of an outdated law.

victed spies Julius and Ethel Rosen-
berg, Meeropol started the Rosenberg
Fund for Children in 1990 to honor his
parents' memory and carry on their tra-
dition of leftist activism. He has been
writing, lecturing and organizing


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