100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

November 22, 2011 - Image 6

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Michigan Daily, 2011-11-22

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

0

6 - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com

Bentley welcomes
Motown PR pioneer

Twi-hards, where art thou?

Al Abrams to
speak at Bentley
book signing today
By JEFF WARANIAK
DailyArts Writer
Famed wordsmith Bob Dylan
was once quoted referring to
up-and-coming Motown singer-
songwriter
Smokey Robin-A
son as "Amer-
ica's greatest With Al
living poet." Aixm
But where and
when Dylan Todayat 3p.m.
actually said Bentley Historical
those words is Library
almost impos-
sible to figure Free
out - because
Dylan never actually said them.
Motown Records's first
employee and National Promo-
tion Director Al Abrams fab-
ricated the famous "greatest
poet" quote as a stunt to gain
attention for Robinson's latest
album.
In his new book, "Hype &
Soul: Behind the Scenes at
Motown," Abrams recounts
these and other clever market-
ing ploys as he tells the story
of Motown's early years. He
describes the genesis of Berry
Gordy, Jr.'s Motown Record Cor-
poration from his own point of
view as the company's first PR
consultant.
Abrams will discuss his book
and his experiences promot-
ing Motown artists like The
Supremes, The Marvelletes,
Marvin Gaye and Smokey Rob-
inson at a book signing at the
University's Bentley Historical
Library today from 3 p.m. to 5
p.m.
Much of the material for

Abrams's book, including his
original press releases, photo-
graphs and personal scrapbook,
are in the Bentley archives
where Abrams first began sub-
mitting his Motown memo-
rabilia in 1998. The Bentley is
committed to documenting the
history of the state of Michigan
- a pursuit Abrams has come to
admire as a contributor to the
library's Motown history col-
lection.
"I wanted my material to be
available to all kinds of schol-
ars and researchers," Abrams
said in an interview with The
Michigan Daily. "Other people
had contacted me (about acquir-
ing documents), such as the
Hard Rock Cafe, but I couldn't
envision some of these great
documents up on a wall in a
restaurant covered in spaghetti
sauce. The Bentley is really the
best place for all of my stuff to
be."
According to Abrams, the job
of a promotional director in the
1960s was much more laborious
than it is now. Abrams said he
envies today's PR personnel in
the music industry, who have
the Internet at their disposal.
He explained the complicated
process album promotion used
to involve, which included the
now-defunct manual type-
writer and the uncertainty of
whether a press release would
make it to its intended recipient
on time.
However difficult the job
may have been, Abrams suc-
ceeded from the start. It was a
combination of boldness, tenac-
ity and a little foolishness that
won Berry Gordy, Jr.'s attention.
When Abrams, a young Jewish
boy from Detroit, first came to
Motown's mostly black record-
ing studio in 1959, Gordy pre-
sented him with the challenge

of getting an unknown artist
named Kenny Powers on the air.
Abrams took Powers's record
directly to a radio station and
persistently asked the DJ to play
it. After refusing Abrams for five
hours, the DJ finally played the
record and, as luck would have
it, Gordy had his car radio tuned
to the station playing Kenny
Powers's song.
Gordy offered Abrams the job
the next day, thinking he must
be "a promotion genius," as
Abrams put it.
Abrams knew it was simply a
lucky break.
"The reason I probably suc-
ceeded in getting records on the
air at first is that I didn't know
what could be done and what
couldn't," Abrams said. "I was
just too naive to know the dif-
ference."
Abrams still enjoys listen-
ing to the music of Motown, but
he doesn't actively seek out the
songs he helped get on the air.
He doesn't need to - Motown
tunes can be heard everywhere,
from the radio to the grocery
store.
"Music is global and Motown
is global, too," Abrams said.
"You can't get away from it, but
that's not a bad thing."
For Abrams, every Motownhit
brings back a memory. This is a
sentiment fans all over the world!
can relate to, whether they were
involved in the music industry or
were just avid listeners.
"There's that phrase of
Motown being the 'soundtrack
of our lives,' and it's completely
true," Abrams said.
Despite sounding like a pub-
licist's slogan for a new Motown
"golden oldies" collection,
"the soundtrack of our lives" is
one Motown-related slogan -
unlike the Dylan quotation -
that Abrams didn't fabricate.

By SEAN CZARNECKI
DailyArts Writer
For millions around the world,
November was eclipsed by a
single night - the premiere of
"Breaking Dawn - Part 1." At
midnight on November 18th,
theaters throughout the coun-
try were filled with loyal fans as
the global phenomenon that has
seized popular culture slowly
drew to an end.
But what did this scene look
like in the Ann Arbor area?
When I arrived at Rave 20
in Ypsilanti, I wanted a quirky
story. I wanted angry middle-
aged book club members wield-
ing a battering ram to knock
down the doors. Hell, with the
media's coverage of girlish mobs
swarming Robert Pattinson, I
expected it. I expected there to
be two different lines for Team
Edward and Team Jacob to pre-
vent a riot. I expected to see
tweenage hearts melting at the
mere sight of Pattinson's card-
board cutout.
I'm not a fan of "Twilight." As
I rode to Rave 20, I was expect-
ing airhead responses - "Umm,
like, I'm Team Edward, but only
when Jacob keeps his shirt on," a
friend of mine joked.
Instead, I walked into this:
fans being welcomed in from the
cold; quiet, orderly lines and the
room's small talk punctuated by
the sound of chattering teeth.
Even more bewildering - there
were men present. As a "Twilight"
outsider, I had always assumed
that these premieres were an XY-
prohibited event. I would think
these men were forced to go by a
significant other.
But that was not always the
case. In one of the lines stood a
young man named Chris Man-
ning, a Target employee, waiting
patiently with his arms crossed.
"I'm here for the film," he
explained simply. "I'm a fan."
Well, that's understandable
enough. But now for the real test
of fanhood, the great existential
question of our time: Was this

I'm sorry ... Ive been cheating on you with Sookie.

unabas
or Tea:
"It's
said w
It's ent
suppos
Afte
more, I
fan: Ga
at Wa
towere
line, s
pr(
(again)
was or
coerce(
"We
but th
said.
stuff, s
really.'
And
of the
ratio
toward
appear
to the
core f

hed fan on Team Edward another movie, another $10
m Jacob? spent on a ticket.
just a movie to me," he As Manning so aptly put it,
ith a shrug. "I enjoy it. "It's entertaining."
ertaining. That's what it's There are overzealous "Twi-
:ed to be." light" followers, but as my expe-
r walking around a bit rience taught me, this is just
[ran into another unlikely another Hollywood trend.
arrett Davis, a sophomore And there have been worse
shtenaw College. Davis fanbases. Take "The Birth of a
*d over the others in his Nation," a Southern antebellum
o naturally, I assumed film that idealized the Ku Klux
Klan and even romanticized
slavery. And people are worried
S .-ight about a little crush?
W gI do concede there have been
m la disturbing incidents taking place
because of celebrity obsession,
hysteria. and that's an issue not to be taken
h i lightly. But the amount of hatred
this series garners seems hardly
proportional. While "Twilight"
he hated "Twilight" and does lack considerable literary
m1y here because he was merit, how much can really be
d into going. accomplished by websites like
ll, I didn't like it at first, twilight-sucks.livejournal.com?
ere's action in it," Davis Or by hurtling weightless insults
There's also romance and at the actors and writers or call-
o it's a movie for everyone, ing fans stupid?
It actually seems counterpro-
that's how it was for most ductive. Calling someone else
night. While the gender ignorant only reveals your own
overwhelmingly leaned ignorance. And regardless of
I females, not even they what we might think, they'll con-
ed to be devoutly attached tinue watching these films and
films. For even the hard- reading the books. I could think
ans, it's another night, of worse things happening.

AVAILABLE FALL. FOUR and five
bedroom duplex in a quiet neighbor-
hood. Walk to football games and
Kroger. Call Michigan Commercial
Realty. 734-662-5500.
www.michcomrealty.com
!!HISTORIC KERRYTOWN
HOME!! 7 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2
kitchens, living room, dining room,
free
laundry and parking. Central Air!
734-663-1370, www.nancylat.com

***CENTRAL CAMPUS 6&7 BED-
ROOM HOUSES. Great Furnitue/
Decor. Wireless/Cable. Free Laundry,
Parking. FOR RENT NOW MAY
2012. www.horvathproperties.com or
Call 734-972-7368.

RELEASE DATE- Tuesday, November 22,.2011
Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
ACROSS 62 Acceptability on 29 Motel victim? 44 Hammed it up
1 Filled with the street, in 30 Desperate 47 Kong's kin
wonder slang 31 Lose brightness 48 Shore squawker
5 Trade punches 35 Bleach 49 Caesar's
9 Shire of "Rocky" DOWN 36 Promise disbelieving
14 Hurry 1 Torah holders 37 Baseball Hall of words
15 Opportunity to 2 Dwindle Famer Speaker 50 Western tie
play 3 Traveler to an 39 Interweaving 52 Theater box
16 Shi'ite leaders environmentally 40 Bounty captain 53 "Yipes"
17 Is well-versed in protected area 42 Exactly right 55 Trendy clothing
a subject 4 Morning 43 Spoil, as a giant
20 Salon service glistener parade 56 And more: Abbr.
21 Samoa's capital 5 "No more!" A
22 Makes an offer 6iDiscipline ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:
for at auction 7 Vicinity H A M M W E B S S C R A M
23 Fertile desert 8 MOs' co-workers O K I E I R A N T O I L E
spot 9 Most minuscule W I L LD0 F T H E P E O P L E
25 Parisian 10 Surroundedby STEEL I E E AS N E S T
summers 11 Vientiane's land A E D B R IE
26 Achieves 12__expert, but P P I T E R O A S T S
required A OU
standards 13 The"A"in many TS IA LLOFTHE HUNT
31 Quick raid org. names
32 Hung. neighbor 18 Cheeky D I M S K A L E L R A H
33 "Who, me?"' 19 Dense SCAMP I L O PEDOM
34 rainm 2?" Evermsoslightly 0 P ' 0O V I D A L
35 More than bad 25 Avian Aussies V I V A L D I C R E V i C E
37 Skier's transport 26 Hershey's drink S T I L L O F T H E N I G H T
38 Uno follower 27 Worm's milieu O S S I E F OO D S I E T
39 Onenoftthose 28 Diplomatic P A E A N S OWS E N D S
things official xwordeditor@aol.com 11/21/11
40 Prepare 1 2 3 4 s e r 5 ii ir i0 1 2
loneself), asfor
41 Obviously
enjoys a meal 17isa 1a
45 Essence 20 21 22
46 Out of order
47 Early birthday 24 24 33
milestone
50 Work subtitled
"A Life": Abbr. 31 32 33
51 Pale or brown
54 Assuming an as 33 40
attitude of
importance, and u1 42 43 24
a hint to what
ends 17-, 26- 46
and 41-Across a, as 4s so 51 52 53
57 Pop singer
John 64
58 Herbal balm 7
59 Roman robe
60 Like hash in so 61 s2
diners
61 Atlantic, in BritS B3rtOMengetandJan-Miche iette 11/2211
leO0I iinessMediServies, Inc.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX (DORMS)
THINK U. TOWERS
AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS
HURRY IN FOR BEST SELECTION
WE ARE NOWTAKING RESERVATIONS
FOR SPRINGIFALL 2012
"FOR A LIMITEDTIME ONLY
$100 0FF SECURITY DEPOSIT
+ NO PROCESSING FEE**
VISIT US AT
UNIVERSITYTOWERS-MI.COM
YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME
536S.FOREST AVE.
ANN ARBOR, MI 48160
734-761-2680
aTUniverlLity
! NORTH CAMPUS 1-2 Bdrm. !
! Incl. Heat/Water/Parking. !
! www.HRPAA.com 996-492 !
! STERLING 411 LOFTS - Reserve
now for 2012 (Spring or Fall). U-M's
best housing sold out early for 2010
and 2011, reserve your space for 2012
today. Look and lease on the same day
to receive a $50 "Dinner on Us". 2
blocks from Central Campus and down-
town. I to 4 bedroom, private baths
available. Rates from $660. 734-998-
4400 www.4elevenlofts.com
!!!!!FOR RENT: 4 Bdrm Condo. N.
Campus area. Free utilities, air cond.,
laundry, cable, int. Loaded w/extras.
$598/pp/mo. 4 pax min. 313-838-2629.
(734) 332-6000
* www.CarlsonProperties.com
Now Leasing!
401 E. MADISON
Huge 7BD 3BTH 3 level apt. Closeto
West Quad & the Diag. Updated
Kitchens w/ stainless steel appliances.
granite countertops, hardwood floors,
& central air. Washer & Dryer incld!
734-668-1100
www.varsitymanagement.com
*BIG HOUSES: 9 Bdrm House 606
Catherine, 7 Bdrm House. 129 White
St., 6 Bdnn House 605 E. IHoaner, 5
Bdrm House 1024 Packard. 734-996-
1991. www.cappomanagement.com

...If Money can't buy happiness,
I guess you'll have to rent it!!!
Prime Student Housing-Call today!
761-8000 primesh.com
1 BDRM APT. 715 Arbor #2.
$595/ mo. Sept lease. 734-332-6000
Can accomodate two
www.carlsonproperties.com
! 11 BDRM HOUSE. Corner of
Church and Willard. Across the street
from Pizza House. 2 large sitting
areas,
2 kitch., 3 showers/baths, wshr./dryer
no charge, 8 prkg. spaces avail. Aug.
2012-Aug 2013. CALL: 248-330-0396
*AVAILABLE FALL 2011*
Large 3 bdrm. house. Walking distance
from campus. 945 Woodlawn.
Contact Mike at 734-276-3876.
!!CLASSY 6&7-BR/3-BA HOME
Great Loc. Updated! Fireplace/ kitch,
prkg. Must see! $4500 (313) 215-8115
5 BDRM HOUSE. 1206 Cambridge
Ct. Maple Kitchen Cabinets. Granite
Countertops. $2996/ mo. May lease.
734-332-6000
www.carlsonproperties.comt
811 S. DIVISION 4 bedrooms, I bath,
parking, laundry, $2100/month. Avail
Fall 2012. dklemptner@ comeast.net
AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS:
Why pay $1500+ for a BED in a
2 bedroom when you can pay $710??
We are now taking Reservations for
Spring/Fall 2012
**ForA Limited Time Only $100 OFF
Security Deposit + NO PROCESSING
FEE**
Visit us at universitytowers-mi.com
APARTMENTS GOING FAST....
for 2012-13!
Efficiencies, 1 & 2 Bedrooms!
Furnished, heat & water included,
FREE parking and Ethernet!
Call today for an appointment!
Prime Student Housing
761-8000 primesh.com
*Varies by location
ARBOR PROPERTIES. DISTINC-
TIVE Award-Winning rentals inKerry-
town, Central Campus, Old West Side,
Burns Park. Now Renting for 2012.
734-994-3157. www.arborprops.com
AVAILABLE FALL. FURNISHED
modern two bedroom apartments lo-
cated on Central Campus near the
Busi-
ness and Law School. Call Michigan
Commercial Realty. 734-662-5500.
www.michcomrealty.com

WWW.800FULLER.COM
(734) 769-7520
1 & 2 bdrm., modern, clean, quiet
5 min. walk. Free Wi-Fi.
AVAILABLE FALL. STUDIOS,
One, Two, Three bedroom apartments
loctaed on UM Campus. Call Michigan
Commercial Realty. 734-662-5500.
www.michcomrealty.com
AVAILABLE FALL. STUDIOS,
One, Twso, Three bedrrom apartments
loctaed near the U/M Medical Cam-
pus.
Two blocks to Central Campus. Call
Michigan Commercial Realty.
734-662-5500.
www.michcomrealty.com
AVAILABLE FALL. THREE
bedroom house loctaed near the U/M
Athletic Campus and Band Field.
Parking and Laundry. Call Michigan
Commercial Realty. 734-662-5500.
www.michcomrealty.com
CAMPUS MANAGEMENT, INC.
invites you to visit
www.CampusMgt.com
the best local website for a wide selec-
tion of apartments and houses. We spe-
cialize in houses and apartments very
close to central campus. All are attrac-
tively priced, most include parking,
many are furnished and some include
utilities. Contact us for details. Com-
plete listing for Fall 2012 available
now! Or call and speak with our Leas-
ing Consultant, Pat at 734-663-4101.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS
WANTED!!! Working America/ AFL-
CIO is hiring F/T staff to take our coun-
try back from the political forces that
favor the wealthy and corporate special
interests over your well-being! Diver-
sity is highly valued at WorkingAmer-
tea: Women, people of color, and
LGBT applicants strongly encouraged
to apply. $11.44/ Hour $457.60 week
base pay - Entry Level. Fun work envi-
ronment. EOE. Rapid advancement op-
portunities. Call Willie 734.222.6496,
www.workingamerica.org
**BARTENDING** $300/DAY PO-
TENTIAL. AGE 18+ No exp. net.,
training avail. 800-965-6520x125
LOOKING FOR SOMEONE on cam-
pus to research and produce content for
thephenomlist.com.$500 upon comple-
tion of project, email for more details.
Laura@phenomlist.com

LOW COST VACCINE Wellness
Clinic. Tractor Supply Ann Arbor.
Wednesday, November 23rd 3-7 pm.
Heartworm test $19.00. Rabies 3 years
$16.00. Skin, ear, eye exams available.
Questions? Call: 313-686-5701

AD
VER
TISE
WITH
THE
CLASS
IFIEDS
(734)
418-
4115

0
0

JOB HUNTING? PAID BUSINESS
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY.
Paid Business Internship. $15-18 / hr.
Deadline to Apply Dec. 6 Visit ads.
col-
legeworks.com/applynow2 OR Call
College Works At 800-716-6489
STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM
Paid survey takers need in A2.
100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.

0

1

I

i

4

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan