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No dancing raisins
BY TOD KABZA automaton character skitters thr-
THE internationally acclaimed ough forged expressionist scenery
Brothers Quay, two American with the involuntary sketchiness of
filmmakers who emigrated to Lon- a badly-taxidermied bird. Tailors'
don about 20 years ago, have been apprentices, constructed of pins,
engaged in the creation of the ani- reapportion the puppet's physique
mated square root of literary works in an impromptu adjustment of
like The Epic of Gilgamesh, Polish body to space while the head
novelist Bruno Shultz's Street of acquires the transcendent torpor of a
Crocodiles and recently, Robert shriveled bulb. The recurring time-
Walsen's Jacob von Gunten. A lapses of decay in this labyrinthine
package of their films has been as- film are reminiscent of flowers
sembled which includes the first unfolding in old botanical films; an
two mentioned above: the early enviable accumulation of dust
piece Nocturna Artificialia - masks the nascent form of various
Those Who Desire Without End, small objects, expanding and
and The Cabinet of Jan Svankma- enclosing them until they achieve a
jer. The Ann Arbor premiere of state of abundance.
these films will take place at the Screws play a rather large role in
Modern Languages Building's the Quay Brothers' cosmos. Minia-
Auditorium #3 on Friday, June 9th. tures of entire streets are subjected
With a particular flair for the to this process of fruition, as if lint
grotesque, the brothers' rendition of and metal shavings were final
shards from Shultz's Crocodiles is stages in the evolution of European
a gem of animation, in which an See Animation, p. 10
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O.K.; pick out the American from the Swiss (!) bluegrass artists. You'd probably never guess by listening to
their records either; although Peter Rowan and the Nashville Bluegrass Band (left) own the top seller on
the U.S. charts, Groundspeed's (right) killer West Virginian accents have made them # 1 in Europe.
Appalach'ns to the Alps
Mountain music knows no boundaries
at three-day bluegrass festival
BY MICHAEL P. FISCHER In particular, the hillbilly sound tal solos. Rowan shows a keen hand
It's quite a time to be a bluegrass of country star Dwight Yoakam has at poesy with the imagery of suicidal
fan aruntestimepte avidgras led the "back to basics" movement devotion in "Moth to a Flame." And
Gris aunQ these parts the Dav iin country picked up on by harder the subtle touches of the Nashville
complished performance in rocker Steve Earle, whose Bluegrass help wring out the melan-
ochester the last weekend of May, Copperhead Road boasts a clutch of choly of "Trail of Tears," as well as
and flat-picking legend Doc Watson mandolin riffs. Of course, then came the gorgeous gospel harmonies of
is coming to town this month. But U2's Hank Williams stylings on Jesus Made the Wine.
at Ypsilanti's Wiard's Orchards for Rattle and Hum. Another time-proven performer
three days this weekend, perhaps Naturally, the authentic purveyors appearng is Doug Dillard, who once
only superstars like these or Bill of bluegrass music are bound to ben- appeared regularly on Andy Griffith's
Monroe could add to a bill which efit; and there's more than enough Mayberry RFD program. Dillard's
already includes the masterful Peter variety to be found even in this band specialize in fusions of blues
Rowan, whose new album with the traditional format. and rock with traditional bluegrass
Nashville Bluegrass Band, New Rowan's New Moon Rising - their cover of "Heartbreak Hotel,"
Moon Rising, is currently the na- (Sugar Hill Records) displays the banjos a-blazin', is the sound of
tion's number one. talents of a refined songwriter backed bluegrass that rocks. From a little
Indeed, a general upswing in in- by the established skill of a star band closer to home comes Toledo DJ
terest towards roots music has first in its own right. "That High Robert White and his Candy
brought the down-home basics of Lonesome Sound" is bluegrass' Mountain Express, whose music
mountain music into the forefront of stomping answer to Sly Stone's concentrates on traditional themes of
country, and now into the main- "Dance to the Music," an anthem country life, as shown of his Son of
stream of rock-n-roll. complete with spotlight instrumen- a Sharecropper album.
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See Bluegrass, p. 9
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