University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario volume 14, number 1 friday, may II,1973
itchener backs games In an apparent turn-about of thinking, the Kitchener council decided Wednesday to support the bid to bring the 1975 World Student Games to Xitchener-Waterloo. Kitchener’s support came in the form of an agreement to put up $626,000 to aid in the construction of a swimming pool and other facilities. Last Saturday Kitchener council’s finance advisory committee said it would not recommend that the project be supported. Carl Totzke, athletic director at the university of Waterloo and president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU), was understandably happy at the decision taken by council at its budget meeting but admitted he was a bit surprised. Four of the members of the advisory committee that rejected support for the games were aldermen, he said. Totzke who is spokesman for the committee trying to bring the games to K-W, appeared before the council at their Monday night meeting, but said he could not tell how his appeal was taken. ‘“There hasn’t been any real opposition. We had some private support, but not too much obvious support from council. I couldn’t evaluate how the proposal was received.” Paul Condon, sports information officer for the university of Waterloo, suggested’ that the support was not out of line with past council performance. “They supported the Canada Games to that degree,” he pointed out. The K-W area lost out in that bid. They will be held in British Columbia this summer. Council decision on the support for the World Student Games was split 6-4. Supporting were aldermen, Harold Chapman, George Mitchell, Dominic Cardillo, Robert Wagner, Mervyn Villemaire and Morley Rosenberg. Those opposed to council giving its support were Frank Hoddle, Alan Barron, Mayor Sid McLennan and Dick Forler. Not voting was Edith .MacIntosh who was temporarily absent. Some of the aldermen pointed out that the 50-metre, eight-lane swimming pool which the community will have after the games could not be used by all the residents. They suggested that money would be more wisely spent in funding several smaller pools which could be located where they are needed around the city. Totzke agreed that the idea of a large pool was not in Kitchener’s long range plans but he added, ‘“the fact is that you can get this large pool for a modest amount of money. We just have the large auditorium for hockey but there are also smaller arenas in the community. ’ ’ He added that an
Olympic sized pool was certainly a top priority for the region. With support from both Kitchener and Waterloo (its council agreed earlier to put up 212,000 dollars for the games) Totzke and his committee will now go to the provincial and federal governments for the remaining two-thirds of the financing. The estimated capital cost of the games will be 2.5 million dollars. “We’re only half way to the hurdle; we still have some jumping to do,” Totzke said. But without the support from the local municipalities the committee could not even approach the provincial and federal governments. If the K-W area does get support from all levels of government, the proposal for holding the 1975 games here will be considered by the world body. It is expected that such a bid would be considered favourably since the games since their inception in 1959 have only once been held in the western hemisphere and never in north America. Although not voiced, there does seem to be some concern that, like the 1976 Olympics scheduled to be held in Montreal, the games may cost more than the budget estimates. Totzke, however, told the council that the 12day event could bring in an estimated profit of $400,000. A potential problem arose over the membership of the Canadian team for the 1972 world games scheduled for Moscow in August. A rule change since the 1970 games permits any citizen of a country to compete for that nation. This means that Canadian citizens attending university in another country could still compete for Canada, and that a university not a member of the CIAU like Simon Fraser could still have its athletes compete for Canada in the World Games. Although a boycott of the World Games was suggested in March, the CIAU rejected the suggestion and bowed to reality saying that the Canadian government would send a team anyway. Funding to send athletes to the games comes from the Fitness and Amateur Sports Directorate, a branch of the federal government. FASD said they would support the games only if all Canadian citizens were eligible regardless of where students attended school. But that controversy seems to have been forgotten with the realization that the federal government controls the money, and any objection to staging the 1975 games in Kitchener-Waterloo seems to have died in that 6-4 vote by the Kitchener city council Wednesday. -deanna
The action federation
fast and furious as the parliamentary unfolds during last April meeting.
Council LIP project Since the Chevron last published, Federation council has set up its own version of the Local Initiatives Program-a sort of “Summer Works”-and hired three fulltime summer employees as a compromise in the simmering intramural struggle between the Telegdi executive group and some council members. Doug Dobney-Telegdi’s close friend and campaign helper-was “administrative hired as assistant”, supposedly a summer replacement for vice-president Steve Treadwell, who will not be around again until Fall. Dobney won the post after Dave Robertson-last year’s vicepresident-withdrew from the contention for that job and offered himself for the position of board of education coordinator. The fiveman recommendations committee put Dobney’s name to council on a 3-2 split vote and Dobney was approved for the post by council vote. Robertson told council he had withdrawn from consideration for the job in order to avoid destructive political in-fightingTelegdi was bitterly opposed to Robertson’s nomination-and wanted only to carry out the board of education program over the summer, in the absence of board chairman Allison Sterling. As it. worked out, Robertson’s attempt at peaceful compromise was ignored by Telegdi and friends, and his nomination for the education job was strongly attacked by that group after Dobney’s position had been approved, although Robertson’s nomination was recommended without dissent from the selection committee. Both Telegdi and Art Ram, board of entertainment chairman, attacked Robertson’s views on concerts and entertainment, even though repeatedly reminded by the
speaker and council members that those views had nothing to do with the education post in question. Dobney himself, after just being approved by council on the supposed understanding of the compromise, spoke out against Robertson, saying he had been told that “at least two” professors had not been impressed last year with Robertson’s conduct while working for the Federation. But, after all this debate in which Robertson’s views on education itself were barely discussed, his nomination was also approved by COUIWil.
In the other fulltime position, Ram was hired to take care of his board’s business over the summer and to prepare for the fall and winter terms. In other business, council also approved a six percent increase in federation salaries beginning next September. Most federation employees now earn the standard $90 per week. The raise was settled on after a motion was put forward to raise the president’s salary to $120 per week, considerably less than Telegdi had wanted. The council found that under present federation policy, raises must be across the board for all employees-not just the presidentand must fall within the six percent guideline. A subsidy of between $1,000 and $2,000 was voted the Klemmer Farmhouse Co-Op Day Nursery to enable them to work up to a breakeven operation.
Memo war rages A “memo war” has broken out in the Federation offices among the summer employees who were approved by council at its last meeting of the winter term in April. The exchange is revolving around “arbitrary decisions”
taken by the president’s office which contravene federation policy. Doug Dobney is a close friend of president Andy Telegdi’s and was hired in the newly-created position of “administrative assistant” since vice-president Steve Treadwell is not on campus this , summer. The V-P is usually a fulltime position over the summer months. Dobney fired the opening volley of the battle last week when he issued without consultation a memo to all summer employees requiring them to submit to him, a detailed summer and monthly schedule.of the work they intended to do. He signed the memo, “Doug Dobney, Executive Assistant.” The employees were puzzled as to why he had declared himself “executive assistant” rather than “administrative assistant” as passed by council. A few days later, another memo came out under Dobney’s namebut initiated by treasurer Dave Chapley--stating that the transportation policy of the federation had been changed. At its last winter term meeting, council had raised the transportation remuneration from 7 cents per mile to 10 cents per mile. Dobney’s memo now declared that members would be reimbursed that amount “to a maximum of 150 miles (total)“. For distances greater than that, the federation will reimburse members up to the maximum of w-hat the train or b’ts fare would be for that trip. By strange coincidence, the 15th mile limit is exactly ‘the round-trip mileage of Chapley, who has to travel from Toronto to Waterloo every friday to sign federation cheques. Chapley is living in Toronto this summer, but retains sole signing power for the federation. At the lo-cent rate, Chapley collects $15 a week from the federation this summer; bus fee for round trip between here and Toronto would come to less than half that. The memos sparked vigorous replies this week from board of communications chairman and council member David Assman and summer board of education coordinator Dave Robertson, both of whom declared the Dobney memos null and void since there is no such position in the federation as “executive assistant” and since federation policy cannot be singlehandedly changed. without consent from council. Assman’s memo de$ared that the transportation policy “may be a good idea, but it is not Federation policy. Secondly, the federation does not have an executive assistant. We have hired an administrative assistant for the summer, but his terms of reference do not include the setting of Federation policy. Federation policy can only be set by a twothirds vote of council.” Robertson’s memo urges Dobney to begin referring to himself by his correct title and to work within those frames of reference, and hopes that “arbitrary decisions” will be prevented in the future. It was also requested last week by Telegdi that one of the federation office secretaries keep track of the summer employees’ hours spent in the office and what they were doing while there. The secretary was told by another federation employee to ignore that order and just continue about her work, and the state of surveillance in the office remains cloudy. As yet, no punch clocks have been set up for the summer employees.
The senate quickly got through the rubber-stamp items on the april agenda and put off all substantial matters until the may 22 meeting, making sure members got home far ahead of their newlyimposed curfew of 10% The may gathering iooks as if it will strain that deadline, containingsuchissuesasthere-birth of the senate library committee and salary policies for sabbaticals, among others.
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The 10 : 30 pm deadline for senate meetings was approved overwhelmingly, with only a handfulincluding the student representatives-opposing it. The curfew can be extended at any meeting by a majority vote of those voting members present. Undergraduate rep J.P. O’Grady was the only member to speak out against. the cutoff motion, calling it a “poor idea”, and suggesting that any member who had been elected to senate who felt he had to go home every third Tuesday at 10 : 30 should resign his seat and give it to someone who could spare the timg The only issue to engender any debate during the meeting was a motion from the arts faculty council conerning the infamous ‘illiteracy explosion’ sweeping the country. Since secondary schools have done away with english class requirements, the arts faculty is concerned that the ‘illiterate’ students now entering the hallowed halls of academe will become tenfold. The spectre of this legion of illiterates marching onto campus and toppling Western Civilization As We Know It evidently became too much for the arts profs, and they have recommended that the university require “four credits in English, of which one must be at the 4 or 5 level” for entrance. The recommendation from undergraduate council was bandied about by senate, which did not know whether to “receive the problem”as chairman Burt Matthews put it-or pass it on to council of Ontario universities, or pass it back to the faculty councils, or what. When asked just what “receiving the problem” meant, Matthews replied : “That somebody will do something about it.” O’Grady pointed out that the new policies in secondary schools will not be implemented until next year, and so the senate is reacting to a problem before they have any real idea of the results of the high schools’ new policies. He objected to the ‘piecemeal approach’ to educational policies, saying that policy-makers on the secondary level should be consulted before arbitrarily setting
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new entrance policies right now. Prof. McKinnon said that Prof. Gold-who had originally made the motion but was not present-had already talked to high school teachers and had been told they wanted such leadership in policymaking from the universities. The assumption that the ‘illiteracy’ is in fact epidemic was never really questioned, though one professor did call to senate’s attention the fact that he had been present at a 1947 University of Toronto senate meeting which had also decried the ‘illiteracy’ rampant at that institution and across the country. “The people who were being called illiterate then are the ones doing the calling now,” he commented. Matthews suggested sending the ‘problem’ to other faculty meetings, and taking up the battle of the inadequate masses again at the june senate meeting. That motion was carried overwhelmingly. The senate also decided-with only one dissenting vote-to award to a student a degree which the university does not yet offer.Robin Keeler, who received a BA. in the general program at the end of the 1972 winter term, registered again in the fall of ‘72 with the understanding that she would receive a BA in honours drama and theatre arts for her fourth year. As it turned out, the honours program in that area has still not been set up or approved, but the arts faculty council passed a motion that Keeler be awarded the degree anyway since the failure to establish the program rests with the university and not the student who was led to believe it would exist. In other business, senate approved the university’s official response to the government’s COPSE (Commission on PostSecondary Education) report, which is much too long-winded and complicated to reproduce here. All interested persons are directed to their faculty’s senators. -george
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Last weekend the national union weighty matters over two days, it of students held its first annual was decided to create three meeting. Representatives from positions-executive, research, thirty-three universities and and general secretaries-each to colleges across Canada gathered receive up to $120 per week. ,at Dalhousie university for three Membership dues from member w1 days. About half of the institutions associations were approved at represented were non-members, thirty cents for each student in the showing the increasing interest in association, giving NUS at least the fledgling organization. The $30,000 for the next year. Various convention went through a battery resolutions and motions dealt with of motions _ dealing with the student unemployment, setting up establishment of a national office, block booking for speakers and general policies, internal strucentertainers, establishing parity of tures and finances. student representation with other The union decided to hire one power groups in university person to setup headquarters in decision-making bodies, student Ottawa. Temporarily this will be housing and post-secondary done by sharing space with the education finances. For the latter, Canadian university press. In the two committees were struck and fall the staff will be expanded to the other matters were referred to two full-time salaried positions, the central committee. Heavy debating developed over _and -later three. ‘A fierce drawn-out battle was waged on the con- the issue of voting power ‘within requirements betrays their origin vention floor over the salary levels NUS. At present each member as being economical. If the basis of the staff. One side argued for a association gets one vote for each for a set of compulsory courses weekly pay under $100 per week 5,000 students that belong to it on was truly to give the student some contending that any individuals its home campus. This set-up broader grounding than his or her applying would necessarily have to represents voting power being specialty, to provide some liberal show commitment to the student proportional to associations’ view of the world, other courses movement. The other camp membership and dues. This would be included under the A and concept was challenged by one of B headings. Since any set of argued for salaries commensurate the higher level of equal voting by all member requirements always leaves out with they felt should associations regardless of their certain areas that should be professionalism characterize the national size or financial contribution. The covered, compulsory courses are The latter also called issue has been referred back to the at best of partial value and are at secretariat. hierarchy campuses for voting by the present useless in the pursuit of a for a more conventional within the national office. They member student councils, with a liberal arts education. ” envisaged one person heading the recommendation In a similar vein Prof. Dyal that each office with a $150 per week salary member have one vote. (psychology) pointe,d out that with two subordinates receiving A delegation from CUP “educational choice should be with $120 per week. After debating these (Canadian university press) the learner not the teacherstudents come to value, their education more when the choice of what that education consists of is theirs.. .integrity cannot be required, it rests only at one place, with the student himself.” At this point Dyal with Prof. Brown as seconder introduced an amendment to the main motion: “That each department establish an explicit and public academic advisory system which assures adequate counselling for each of its majors and that....this system should be functional beginning the fall term 1973." In his usual form Prof. Davis (history) responded by stating that he cannot see professors putting more time into counselling. “I’m getting a little tired of idealism that doesn’t work.” Amendment defeated. Student members fearing the result of a vote on the main motion taken at this time (the language professors were out in force) attempted to stall by recommending that “a mail vote of all arts faculty be conducted to decide the outcome of the decision”. Defeated. To sum up the hour and a half of debate one professor stood up and commented that “perhaps we should think of ourselves as the community of dollars instead of the community of scholars. Requirements simply keep the ihe Dare union, on strike now against Dare Foods, Ltd., for smaller departments alive-it is a nearly a year, has turned down the company’s latest offer to pragmatic question not a question hire back 50 of the striking workers. of ideals.” The truth comes out and The refusal was on the grounds that it would effectively kill the motion to abolish A and B the union at Dare and that none of the approximately 300 requirements is defeated by a vote strikers would accept jobs without the rest also coming back of thirty-plus against, fifteen in to work. favour. The company has steadfastly refused to offer any setThe lesson learned: a few tlement which would continue to recognize the union as the students and a handful of conworkers’organization and has refused to promise to hire back cerned professors cannot fight and any of the leaders of the strike. defeat the reactionary forces of A march was held last month from Victoria Park to society’s ‘kept’ intellectuals. Speaker’s Corner, where several union speakers and supThe alternative: disband the arts porters addressed the crowd of 7,209, The “Day of Concern” faculty council and set up a was endorsed by Kitchener city council, though none of the committee with student-faculty local councils have passed any of the proposed antiparity-members to be elected at large from the arts faculty to make strikebreakers motions brought before them. policy decisions. A larger march is planned for 7 pm Saturday, h/lay 26, also But don’t hold your breath. starting at Victoria Park.
Liberal . /’ education preserved! ’ On April 10, commencing at 3 :30 p.m. in room 124 of the arts lecture building the infamous arts faculty council held their last meeting off the year-long A and B requirements debate. The usual two rings-the defenders and the oppositionwere supplemented by a third group : students in favour of retaining A and B requirements. On invitation by Prof. MacKinnon three students from the history department came to counteract what the student members of the arts faculty council were fighting for. The students indicated that they were there out of concern. Carter, one of the students, stated that “if the A and B requirements were abolished an arts degree would be looked on as an integrated studies degree”. He stressed the necessity of preserving the integrity of our education. The point did not go unquestioned. Prof. Narveson (philosophy) suggested that “if that’s true then U of T degrees must really be looked down on since they abolished requirements several years ago. The requirements we have now don’t really accomplish anything-they are worse than nothing rather than better than nothing.” The reason ‘for the history students being there seemed to be to show the council that if they maintained the requirements they would really be acting in accordance with student wishes. Following a brief exchange of thrusts and parries as to who represents the students’ wishes, student rep Dave Robertson suggested to the council that “if student opinion counts so much the AFC should hold a referendum and let the students decide”. Prof. Gold remarked that “the council was going through the mockery of counting student votes, It suggests a refusal on the part of AFC to confront the real issue of - programme and requirements? Back to the main motion which reads “that the arts faculty recommend strongly rather than require that students take one course in the humanities, languages, fine and performing arts and the social sciences” (moved by New seconded by Gold). What ensued was a series of and outdated overworked arguments of ‘requirements for discipline’, ‘requirements for ‘requirements to save liberality’, the floating students’...ad naseam. hi an attempt to get to the main point Shane Roberts (student) questioned the validity of the requirements and the arguments in their favour by stating that “the arbitrariness of the A and B
presented a statement of principles of the student press in Canada. The body of the statement established the independence of student press and condemned interference from faculty, civil or administrative authorities, or student government. It ‘also asserted that the editor should be elected by the staff of the respective campus papers consistent with a general democratic running of the papers by staff as regards editorial policy. The statement was overwhelmingly accepted by NUS after the deletion of a section that would have given student councils the right to ratify the choice of editor. The last matter dealt .with at the convention was a motion drafted by Uniwat federation president Andrew Telegdi calling for the national union to back the Dare cookie strikers., He and Shane Roberts outlined the history of the year-old Dare strike. The plenary voted in favor of the motion condemning the Dare management. The motion was then sent back to the member campuses for ratification. -shane
Asthma patients helped For a “very reduced priced” air purifiers are being made available to a charitable organization so that the young of the KitchenerWaterloo area can be provided with the machinery they need to breathe. Gerry Price has initiated BRAD, (Bronchial Respiratory Asthmatic Diseases) and the society has set up a non-profit outlet for the distribution of air purifiers. Electrohome, a local company, has agreed to make the machines available to BRAD for a reduced price. Individuals and societies can arrange to donate a machine to BRAD and it will then be forwarded to a needy youngster in the community. So far BRAD has managed to raise $3,750 allowing them to purchase fifty machines, the regular price being $150 per machine. Each donator has his name engraved on a plaque that is fixed to the machine. - Price stressed his reasons for choosing the Electrohome model over any other, saying that Electrohome had been most cooperative, and since they were a local company he felt more than justified in his choice. Theirparticular air purifier is also reputedly very effective, ,BRAD also has a medical review board that evaluates each application for an air purifier and it was this board that made the choice for the product. Anyone needing an air purifier that cannot afford one themselves can make their application through their doctor and then a machine can _ be provided by BRAD. The mailing address for inquiries is Box 2441, Station B, Kitchener. This service has not been coordinated with the Health Services on campus but as Price said he would be more than willing to deal with anyone interested in his young organization, asthmatic students might well benefit from this original project. As yet there are no plans to go outside the area, since nearly all the groundwork has been done by Price and he justifiably does not feel up to tackling anything more. --Susan
Butter spelled better ’ this the by David
it is sad when one of the brighter lights in popular music-an increasingly bleak, if cluttered, desert - appears to have burned itself out prematurely. The association of that fear with Paul Butterfield, a feeling leant substance by his noticeable absence from public life for more than a year and by the obvious illfits in musicianship and direction so evident on his last two studio albums, is proved unwarranted by the release of Better Days (Bearsville-Warner Bros.). Better Days (happily not a revamped and revi tal ized version of one of the many combinations which over an eight year period came to be known as the Butterfield Blues Band), has the unusual merit of preserving intact the differing skills and experiences of the artists comprising it, while moving each of them beyond the cycle in which he was locked. Better Days is most obviously a synthesis that works, an uncommon union of mature talent and diversity of background blended into an whose energetic ensemble, movement carries both musician and genre into new terrain. Shadings. That might be the way that Ron Barron, a former lounge singer and pianist who has worked with Louis Prima and Dr. John, would assess the effect band members have on each other. Like a wealth of complementary hues, the group’s varying sides run together into an intricate whole with mesmeric effect; what we hear is musicians playing with one another, amplifying each others’ strengths in a mutual endeavour the sampling of which exposes as shallow the L recurring domination and strife that litter the innards of our music. Isolating a single motif for the album would be arbitrary, impossible; at most we can say that the themes and organizations derive primarily from the encounter between Chicago-style blues, individualized beyond definition through Butterfield’s enrapturing inner rhythm, and the more classic, southern balladblues influence, injected through Geoff Muldaur’s arrangements and incomparable vocals. The al bum’s power grows directly from the sheer simplicity of its arrangements, the effect of which is to connect a direct line to an entire spectrum’ of emotional subtleties within the listener (an unusual and ener-
vating experience in an age in which volume increasingly displaces talent). This magic is brewed from the group’s incredible tightness (tightness here might find its analogue in what Joe Davis, the world’s finest snooker player, termed “compactness”that complete fusion of player and instrument which allows him to be at one with his situation). Nowhere is this more evident than in the superlative harp work of Butterfield, who renders a performance so moving as to tempt one to view him as the finest’ harpist alive. Historically speaking, Butterfield falls on that side ofthe family tree initiated by Little Walter (viewed as the forebear, along with Waters, Williamson and company, of urban, electric blues); this style of harmonica playing, in contradistinction to Sonny Boy Williamson II’s technique with its long, shrill, wailing notes and frenetic hand work, is characterized by repeated use of tremelo and wah-wah effects generated through breathing control and lip work, and establishes itself in short, scaled runs which work across the grain of the melody. Less likely to lead a cavalry charge than other styles and, by de-emphasizing the hands, more suitable to playing through a microphone, it replaces that shrill tin-iness with depth and-especially in the case of Charley Musselwhite, a linear descendent of Little Walter-an arresting, metal presence. Butterfield’s harp is less a modern reproduction than it is a wholly new departure. There is literally no one in the history of the instrument that I have heard who can bend a blow note, expecially a high one, as. cleanly and fully as Butterfield can; this coupled with his capacity, unrivalled feel for rhythm, give him the deepest, most intense movements possible, a never ending string of rich, dense, rounded notes which play. directly with your emotions in much the same fashion that a masteur masseur handles muscles. Biographically this album signals the end of Butterfield’s long, harried (yet fruitful) experimentation with horns. While two of the cuts have a horn complement added in, they background emremain bellishment and the domination of the brass section (an influence whose productivity climaxed on
the In My Own Dream album and died on Keep On Moving, and which, in public, tended towards a rambling, amorphous, at-times powerful jazz) is ended. Better Days heralds a return to a less clutteredif equally complexstylization without the somewhat hollow, omnipresent Bloomfield guitar (ably compensated, in this instance, by the competence and delicacy of Canada’s own Amos Garret). What is most rewarding is the preservation of those magic notes -especially thick and striking-that ran through the background of In My Own Dream (try listening close to Maugh’s “Mine to Love”) which, outside of that case, Butterfield seemed only able to hit in the jazz progressions. The long suppression of Butterfield-which set in after Pigboy Crabshawby Butterfield, in favor of other vocalists and instruments is also, thankfully, ended. The need to suppress his own power and drive has given way to a form of control which all the depth and preserves vitality of his artistry. -Not a little of this is the result of playing, at last, in the company of full equals. So exceptional is the product that I would give Better Days my vote for al bum of the year. While on the subject of harmonica its worthwhile noting that afficionadoes and beginners alike can apprise themselves of some excellent listening in the form of This Is My Story(Chess--903350027), a compilation of a number of the aforementioned Sonny Boy Williamson’s splendid sides. Sonny Boy’s unusual songwriting and arranging abilities-most often f_eaturing thumbnail sketches of the hardship or joy of poverty ridden city life which are, as Peter Welding suggests in his I iner notes, “more heavily freighted with significant meaning” than most of the modern offerings to which we are used-form one of the cornerstones of the modern idiom. This recording, along with a companion Chess item featuring Little Walter, will give the listener a feel for the intense period of creativity which broke loose in are the late forties. Herein displayed many of the original melodic, tonal and rhythmic variations which allowed what we now know as Chicago blues to While come into existence. picking up on these, (not to
mention the numerous, now stock, phrases coined in the music), it becomes obvious just how atrophied the language and basic patterns of electric blues have become since that era, how staid and rigid the forms improvisation takes are and, most unfortunately, how clearly the price of acceptance has become the limitation of the artist to faithful reproduction of what has already been achieved. In sum Peter Welding’s selection of materials is fairly representative, the major exceptions being the absence of cuts like “Mighty Long Time”, “Mister Downchild” and “23 Hours Too Long” which were classic items. Technically speaking the recording quality is good, with little or none of the background buzz and hiss so often present on collections of older materials. All in all an excellent value, expecially for the price. Another significant accomplishment well-worth the having is the most recent Sonny Terry and Brownie McChee effort entitled, simply, Sonny and Brownie (A&M-SP4379). Since Waterloo people are well acquainted with the consistency and originality of this duo’s music-the two having played several week-long engagements to packed, appreciative houses at the university over the last few years - this album will present few surprises. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of it is that the traditional acoustic format is dropped in favour of a well-packed, closeknit studio group- with cameo by Arlo Cuthrie, appearances John Mayall, Sugarcane Harris and John Hammond. In this instance the studio musicians work to produce a very tight sound-convincing enough that one would assume the band had been playing together for yearswhich culminates in numbers like “You Bring Out The Boogie In Me”, which it inevitably does. Thematically the album sports a traditional concern with things religious (not in the churchly sense), especially strongly on semi-revivalist numbers like “People Get Ready” and “Jesus Conna Make It Alright”, where the feeling of immanent doom is brought home nicely through haunting tent-church backup vocals. Outside of this the only irregularity in content is “White Boy Lost in the Blues”, a song
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which comments on the passing of black music over to a white audience, done however in an affectionate manner, without * slipping into purism, piety or resent. Overall this is a fine, fine album. Even on their popular Rockin’ The Fillmore album it was evident _ that Humble Pie had overstepped themselves talent-wise, that straight volume laced on heavy riffs like so much maple syrup had become the short road to public adulation. A year or two of , that routine with its attendant degeneration, a week or two in the studio, throw in an all-black female backup group called the Blackberries and you have the makin’s for Eat It (A&Mj SP3701)-a third rate piece of crap without a single decent tune . (to show for the effort.) The closest the Pie comes to even adequate musicianship is during their try for a little R&Bsoul-type feeling on cuts like “Black Coffee” and “I Believe to My Soul”; however, if vocalist Steve Marriot falls somewhere short of achieving a Ray Charles performance, his attempt to capitalize on Tina Turner material is ludicrous at best. Throughout the album the Pie’s concert-style riffs sound overly simple, mediocre in fact, without the electrifying buzz of a captivated audience to support them. Sadly enough even here their magic is lost and the one new live side released is simply more of the same-Marriot’s strung-out voice, bummed out vocals, and loud, loud backup. Ironically the Pie’s decline is graphically depicted in Marriot’s own insipid lyrics: I’m living with a monkey, My uncle was a junkey, He’s looking very funky, He liked his women chunky Now I’m a funky junky. Music Music
is my junk is my junk
iWore of the same old thing
Layton on love Lovers and Lesser Men Irving Layton Toronto: McClelland and 1973, $2.95, 109 pages.
Irving Layton has often complained of being Canada’s most mislabelled man. And it all has to do with his being some unique kind of Canadian sexual mythmaker. If people curbed their sexual fantasies about me long>enough to read my poems, they might be surprised to learn I’ve something else on my mind besides braless breasts flapping in the wind. His newest collection of poetry, an annual event in the annals of Canadian literature, will do little to diminish the myth. The central defense is against anything which echoes of establishment. Himself a lifelong member He taunts -me: ‘You’ve joined the Establishment.’ . ..As much as I rage and swear, . ..Too hurting for him to agree I have only one establishment in mind: That run by Homer and Shakespeare. Like Yeats, he seems to be preoccupied with the constant battle between the swordsman and the saint, the struggle of flesh and spirit. As he stands on the brink of old age (he is 61) for Layton the winner is still the swordsman and the prize is still the flesh. The question is how much longer will the man persist with his howl against the inevitable? How much longer will this Hemingway trauma about impotency remain? Critics have always said that as a young poet, Layton was too concerned with the ways of the flesh and now in his old age he has become too arrogant. Layton would probably see the converse of the maxim as closer to the truth. Archibald MacLeish has written of the mood and remorseful tone of “Why Old Men Should Be Mad” and “The Wild Old Wicked Man” which perplexed Yeats. Too old for love and still to love! Yeat’s predicament and mine-all men’s the aging Adam who must strut and shove and caper his obscene pretense. Surely at sixty-one, Layton is beginning to gain some insight into the complexity of his stance. But the poems are the same substance which Layton has always given us. The individual pieces are loaded with poignant clues which are never fully developed. “I’m not a dirty old man, my love.” “A Man’s ball spins merrily merrily in the roulette wheel of sexuality.” “My youth will not come again.” “My temples pounding though I am gray and old.” Layton, how long, how long must we put up with this adolescent nonsense? Was Peggy Lee right? “Is that all there is?” From the cover, the collection promised to be vintage Layton or at least a change. The cover picture depicts the Grand Old Man of CanLit. as fat-bellied, hair stringy and unruly, with a gold medallion and loose shirt and striped trousers. He leans in front of a stone with something Greek on it. One is reminded of the shocking picture on the cover of Leonard Cohen’s The Energy of Slaves. Layton did react to Cohen’s newest statement. When I read your book of poems I could not fall asleep When finally I fell asleep I did not want to wake up.
But the poems of Cohen did not alter the vision of the Layton whom we have come to anticipate. Inside we have the same trite statements (made so by their regularity) that Layton has been expressing since 1940. And that explains why his position as the number one poet in this country is at stake. Like Robert Graves’s comment about Pound: “Gone before he died.” Layton has given up too easily to the challenge. We know his strength. He has been flexing his muscles for quite some time now. It is time that he showed us his range. William Reich has told -us: “I myself became convinced that sexuality is the centre around which revolves the whole of social life as well as the inner life of the individual.” Whether or not we accept this, we do know it as a possibility. Surely the poet’s job is to show us some direction and to take us further. Layton sees himself as a prophet...but there is no prophecy. A few changes of technique. Apart from the wicked puns (Layton is one of the best punsters about), such as “resurrected after the third lay” and “roams from room to room”, there is little else new. He seems to have developed a salt and pepper taste for the dash (shades of Emily Dickinson) and odd metaphors such as “Greek-ChagalI” which strike the reader as cheap. And sometimes he passes inadequate epigrams and prose off as poetry. Noteable instances of this are: “On Seeing An Old Poet and His Wife” and “The Cockroach”. And as always he is in need of an editor. There are some poems such as “I think of Ovid” which are vulgar. Here, Layton confuses Rabelaisian verse with the commonplace and sometimes obscene. The Ribald Classics of CanLit. have become cheap and tawdry. There are some good poems, of course. Everyone acknowledges that with each new Layton missive there are some superb poems worth digging for. But it is necessary. in this book to search for the good ones.’ The poem “Stella” is excellent...perhaps the best in the book. But Layton runs for the conscience and ruins it in part by placing a trite little piece on the next page. Old and dying, she waited till I had writ my poem for her; Then , proudly, as if her life had been one long journey to this hour changed the storied face that had betrayed her into glowing fire. But this isn’t enough. There is still more. He follows it with a morbid and dramatic footnote on the tragic life and demise of this woman. One is reminded of the last two lines of “The Bull Calf”. There is a great deal of the Baptist preacher somewhere in the man. Two ‘other instances of this indulgence are “An Au bade”, and “Walt’s Reply”. In the collection the usual circus animals are trotted out. Most of them appear as opponents. They include: god, teachers, family, friends, poets, professors, (some by name), the governor general’s poetry awards committee, York university, and Toronto...the usual Layton bad guys. In one poem for Jack McClelland, he announces that he should have been a boxer. Layton says he only got beaten once because he was kicked in the balls. He has been winning it appears ever since...at least to his mind. So this new book, lovers and lesser Men is fine reading if you are a Layton fan. But don’t expect surprises or the promise of Nail Polish fulfilled.
Repression ‘keeps ‘em chuckling in USSR +
When Kruschev visited the United States, he and Eisenhower became involved in an argument as to where there was more drunkenness, in the USA or in the USSR. Each insisted that his country was least afflicted with the evil. Eisenhower even boasted that Kruschev could not find a drunk on the streets of Washington and gave the latter permission to go out at night and shoot any drunk he saw. That evening the Soviet leader, armed with a revolver, sallied forth. It was not long before he saw a person staggering in full drunken stupor. He pulled out his gun and shot him. This he repeated five more times before deciding that he had proved his point. The next morning a daily newspaper carried the following headline: BALD BANDIT SHOOTS SIX USSR EMBASSY EMPLOYEES
Are Look Comrade -The People Laughing (Peter Martin Associates, 1972) is a short collection of “jokes, barbs and riddles with cartoons” from the Soviet Union, purportedly reflecting the political discontent of the masses with the Moscow government, the communist state and the economic straits into which said masses have been led by these agencies. Author John Kolasky, a Canadian of Ukrainian heritage and former member of the communist party here for thirty years, collected his material for this and two other books while visiting the Ukraine for two years in the middle sixties. It was during this time that Kolasky became disenchanted with the Moscow regime, this disenchantment being based largely on the evidence provided by the many anecdotes provided in his book, which, according to his introduction, denote “the widespread and almost universal hostility of the Soviet people to the regime”: His stay in the Ukraine ended when an associate was caught smuggling some of his material-across the border; Kolasky was forthwith arrested and sent back to Canada. After the release of his first book-Education in the Soviet Ukraine-
he was expelled from the communist party, and though he still places value on Marx’s critique of capitalism, he also noted in an interview that “I don”t believe -anything anymore.” However much credence one may place in his analysis of underground political humour as “one of the foremost weapons ’ of the alienated masses”, the fact that many of these witticisms read like secondrate Sandy Baird attests either to a particularly heavy-handed soviet humour, or to a translation which does little to capture the quality of the original material. Q. Why are Soviet citizens barefooted? A. So they can run faster and consequently catch up more quickly to America. Q. Will we catch up to and surpass the Americans? A. Yes, we will catch up to them, but we will not surpass them because then they would see the patches on the seats of our trousers. Ho-ho. But if that doesn’t have you splitting _- your sides with laughter, try yourself out on this one: Q. Is it true the Czech revisionists were subdued by the movement of a Russian finger? A. Yes, the trigger finger. Ho-ho? Ho-hum. Kolasky’s intention, of course, was to chronicle the hatred of the people for their government; unfortunately his vehicle for conveying this message frequently bogs down in a morass of background explanations, clumsy wordings and uninteresting presentation. To be sure, some of the jokes are funnier than those above, but the standard Joe Miller jokebook format tends to sap some of the pzazz from even the wittiest anecdotes, and the lesser ones suffer still more. According to his publisher, all of Kolasky’s books have done very well (for a Canadian, that is) but the nature of his work suggests that they are selling mainly to the ethnic minorities directly interested in the subject, since, by the evidence of Look Comrade his work is neither especially revealing or entertaining, at least for the general public. -nick savage
Burt needs help Private-eye movies are probably-next to Westerns-the most prolific and most popular Hollywood forms going, and the private-eye flicks have ranged from the tough, tight-lipped Bogart to the suave, machinedeadly Con nery. Shanks, now at the Lyric, certainly doesn’t threaten to unseat any of the classics, but it has enough going for it to make a good evening’s entertainment for fans of the genre. The main thing going for it is Burt Reynolds, who is surprisingly and often refreshingly effective in establishing the character of McCoy, another in a long line of tough dicks. Reynolds plays McCoy with an arresting blend of wit, toughness and frailty which makes him a lot more believable than the who hardly ever “super-eyes” wrinkle their suits while dispat’ thing of the heavies and wooing the lovelies. McCoy, in fact, is SO _ down and out that he only has one suit. And;the sex is surprisingly low-key .and modest considering Reynolds’ centre-fold reputation.
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Unfortunately, while Reynolds is working hard on his characterwhich, of co_urse, is the essential in any private-eye flick-he is too often fighting a losing battle against a weak script and sloppy, uneven direction. The plot line is so convolutedand leaves so many loose endsthat at the conclusion I had no idea what the tie-up was among the many characters, nor were they well-established enough for me to care. The only other character worth caring about is Springy, McCoy’s sidekick, who milks to perfection the well-worn shtick of New York hustler. Dyan Cannon is sort of nice to look at as the female interest, but I have yet to be convinced of her
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value as an actress, even though she keeps popping up-no pun intended-in many of the films I’ve seen in past years. It’s too bad that Reynolds is left with such a poor script here, because Shamus could have been the hip New York City private eye story is the same way that Paul Newman made Harper the Southern California private-eye film. It explores the Big Apple and the people there as much as it does its own plot, and that exploration is often worth the distraction. Reynold’s self-parodying male chauvinism shouldn’t really put off anyone with a sense of humour, even the ardent libber, and Morris the Cat even gets into the picture. The only hope is that a-decent director will grab Reynolds and a good script and resurrect McCoy -for a proper caper. As the big, tough thugs warned McCoy before workin’ him over, he shoulda stayed off the case. -george kauf ma n
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Kitchener is called Comic Art News and Reviews (CANAR). The review is the work of John Balge and Dave Sim, two Kitchener people who were involved in an OFY project magazine last summer known as Now and Then Magazine-this was also a comic art magazine. Thumbing through it you find news from comic art conventions like Cosmicon 2 held recently at York University. Also, there is correspondence taking place between various people about aspects of other fanzines, conventions, artwork, politics and so forth; which is essentially the reason for running such a magazine. The neophyte doesn’t find himself feeling too close to the discourse going on, a feeling which illustrates the intensity of interest and involvement with comic art by the comic art ‘fans’. In some of the earlier issues of CANAR, there was a political element. Balge was’writing on a nationalist, socialist slant attacking the cultural imperialism of the US comic book business interests, while at the same time applying a Marxist analysis of the comics industry in general, Canadian as well as foreign. However the fanzine seems to have shifted away from an outright political stance and is concentrating more on the comic art world as itself. Presumably, as the opportunity for social and political comment arises, it will be taken up. As far as its popularity is concerned, CANAR has a circulation of about 150 and has received commendation from such notables as poet BP Nichol and writer Margaret Atwood. Ultimately, Balge and Sim would like the review to have a broader acceptance-outside the group of comic art fans themselves. Whether this will happen given the present nature of the review is questionable since its content seems of interest only to comic art purists. Still, the presentation of the magazine is improving and with time and development should reach a wider audience. Hopefully, the writers won’t have to sacrifice the fanzine’s individuality in the process. -dudley
empathy... peace... brotherhood... love... do -you jet bored and bothered @y such catch-phrases as these, or waste your precious reserves 0 f spiritual strength frtiitlessly searching for their corresponding reality ? then maybe -you should come down and work on the chevron. -you ‘II bear no more about them.
We have no idea what Margaret Mead may make of this. It may represent the greening of America. It may represent the creaming of America. But the fact is this: The fastest way to become a millionaire these days in these United States is to become a big rock’n’roll star. One statistic sums it up: FORBES estimates that at least 50 music super-stars are currently earning between $2 million and 35 in$6 million a year. These stars, dividuals and 15 additional groups, make from three to seven times more than Harold Ceneen, the highest-paid executive in the country, makes. That’s 50 superCeneens as far as relative earning power is concerned. A few veteran pop and country singers are music millionaires: Andy Williams, Johnny Cash and Buck Owens. However, for the most part the big earners are youthful performers like Alice Cooper, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Sly And The Family Stone, Chicago and on and on. They’re not just new-rich. They’re kid-rich, some as young as nine-year-old “Little!
Jimmy Osmond, none elder than 38-yearold Elvis Presley. “It’s- ridiculous,” says Johnny Mathis, who made%1 million a year when he was on top in the Fifties, and still nets $5~,~. “performers aren’t worth this kind of money. In fact, nobody is.” Jerry Wexler, Atlantic Recording Corp.‘s executive vice president, concedes that the numbers sound absurd. But he shrugs: “It’s pure capitalism. In any field, the guy who sells the most to his followers, makes the most money.” Not so many years ago Frank Sinatra and Mathis had to strain to hit $1 million. Since then, however, record sales-and performers’ incomes-have more than doubled. Last year music lovers, who are largely the affluent between 12 and 32, shelled out around $2 billion for records and tapes, plus another $150 million to see their favourites in concert. Why has the record business surpassed Broadway (gross revenues: $36 million), professional sports ($540 million), movies ($1.3 billion) and network television ($1 billion)? Industry executives talk vaguely about teenage affluence, Beatlemania and
the music consciousness it fostered. But that’s only part of it. It’s obvious that today’s rock stars are selling more than just music that-the kids can hear for free on the radio. A major record executive, who asked not to be named, has a theory: “Rock ‘n’ roll is music by the inept for the untutored. There is no gulf between the audience and the performer. Every kid in Scarsdale says to himself, ‘I could sing like that.’ So for the kids, worshiping a rock star-and making occassional $6 offerings for his albums and concert tickets-is a way of worshiping themselves.” There’s truth to this description. On balance, the superstars are the kids next door who struggled for fame and fortune long enough to get lucky. Not talent but luck is the key word. All the superstars FORBES interviewed said the same thing: It’s a short step from the audience to the stage, but it’s a long climb to the top. Below are three typical success stories. Lounging in a $l60-a-day Beverly Hills Hotel suite, Alice Cooper, who’s a he, told of rifling girl’s purses for food money and
sleeping eight to a room only four years ago in another part of Los Angeles called Evil Hill. “That was before the bisexual revolution,” says Alice, the son of a Phoenix minister, who livens his act by singing to a live boa constricter and chopping up a fake baby. “Nobody would touch us.” People wouldn’t even stay in the same room. One night half the audience walked out. “That’s when I knew we had something,” says Shep Gordon, who began managing the act five years ago despite his age (22) and his experience (none). “I figured anybody who got to people like that could be a big star.” Gordon took Alice on the road. Audiences kept deserting Alice, and Alice in turn kept deserting hotels via the back door. By 1970 the act owed more than $100,000. But just about then Warner Brothers Records decided the time was right for “freak rock.” Alice’s first Warners LP, “Love It to Death,” sold over 500,ooO units (or about $3 million in retail sales). A star was born. continued
and 1.8 million LPs to net around $1.1 million. That’s just for his singing. There’s a lot more. Like most current artists, McLean writes his own songs (something the Sinatra generation almost never did). That entitles McLean to the standard writer’s royalty of a penny per cut, or 2 cents per single and 12 cents per LP. Moreover, he owns a half share of his publishers copyrights, which provides another penny per single and 6 more cents per LP. In all, writing and publishing royalties have yielded him about an additional $460,000. Now add around $200,000 for foreign record sales and broadcast royalties, and you get a grand total of $1.6 million. His manager gets at least 10 per cent of that; so does his booking agent. But that still leaves McLean at least $1.2 million!
“Two years ago,” says a Los Angeles record “he used to sit in my office barefoot.” executive, (McLean record company, the United Artist Records subsidiary of Transamerica Corp., did even better. After artist royalties and overhead, promotion and distribution expenses, UA ought to be clearing 20 cents per single and up to $I per album.) There are several “American Pie” hits every year. Sinatra probably never sold 1 million copies of any of his Lq’s. But that was yesterday. Today six Warner Brothers artists alone sell 1 million copies of just about everything they release.
Resplendent in high-heeled Buster Brown shoes, polka dot pants and a billowy shirt open to his bony chest, Alice told FORBES, “The idea all along was to make $1 million. Otherwise the struggle wouldn’t have been worth it. I was on the road for 2X years straight. Look at me. I’m 24, but I look 30." Alice has his million. In fact, he spent $3,270 to take the cash out of New York’s Manufacturers Trust Co. and pose with it to promote his current $4.6-million concert tour and his new LP, “Billion Dollar Babies.” Thumbing through photos of his money, Alice said: “I’m the most American rock act. I have American ideals. I love money.” The Carpenter’s story is all-American, too. From the beginning, when Richard was organizing high school combos and sister Karen was thumping away on her drums in the bedroom, their most worshipful fans were their mom and dad. Dad, a printer, took a second job to buy them amplifiers. Then he got them a station wagon to carry around the amps. Nothing helped. Riots and Vietnam dominated the news. The kids wanted long-haired protesters and jarring “acid rock.” The Carpenters offered squeaky-clean wholesomeness and soft melodies. RCA’s record division dumped them in 1967, after which they were rejected by a succession of companies, “even the funky ones,” says Richard. Then late in 1969 Herb Alpert, who made his millions by creating the Tijuana Brass sound, signed them to his A&M Recording Co. They released “Close to You,” the first of four straight gold ($1 million) albums. Their parents’ faith has been rewardedliterally. The kids, now in their mid-20s, retired dad a couple of years ago and replaced the family’s old $27,000 home in middle-class Downey, Calif. with a suburban dream house in a much ritzier section of the town. Karen and Richard, who still live at home, insist that success hasn’t changed them. Says Karen: “We had a typical American childhood. You might say we were spoiled rotten. Whenever we wanted something, our parents got it for us. Now whenever I want something, I just write a check. One way or another we’ie always gotten what we wanted .” Harry Nilsson had a tougher life. His father left home when- Harry was a baby. At 15, he quit school and ran away to California. Sipping double dry martinis through his red beard, Nilsson says he was a teenage dreamer: “I would pull the pillow over my head in some $2.50 hotel room and imagine myself taking bows before an audience. My goal was riches and fame.” His brains and a few lies landed him a bank job instead. Within seven years, he headed the bank’s computer section at night and wrote hit pop songs by day. “I remember sitting around the Beverly Hills Hotel pool discussing $250,000 deals, and then
speeding to the bank, fixing my tie as I drove along. I loved the bank job. It was security. But I couldn’t afford to stay. I was making twice as much in music.” RCA signed him in 1968. Finally last year, at 30, he exploded with two smash albums, four hit singles and music’s equivalent of the Oscar for his recording of “Without You.” He netted a little under $1 million. This year he will sign new recording and writing contracts that will guarantee himat least $6 million over the next few years. “Talk fast,” he quipped. “Remember, my time is worth $10 a minute.” With a touch of a British accent he has picked up since buying a London flat, Nilsson says: “There is more to life than money. But money is the first plateau .” As those stories indicate, all a rocker needs to make a pile is one “monster” hit. Every year one or two complete unknowns become overnight millionaires. Last year‘s jackpot winner was 27year-old Don McLean, who wrote and sang “American Pie.” Let’s count his winnings. Singers get a percentage of the price of every record sold. Beginners generally get around 4 per cent of list, 25 cents on a typical LP, about 4 cents on a single. This is not as good as it sounds, because the record companies usually deduct various expenses from the performer’s share, including recording costs. The expenses are rarely under $25,000. So if an LP sells only 5,000 units (which is not unusual for a dud), the artist ends up technically in hock to the record company for $23,750. At 100,000 records he barely breaks even. The leverage, however, is terrific. At 200,000 platters, assuming moderate expenses, the artist can get around $25,000. At one million copies, he can come out with around $225,000-on a single album. What it boils down to is that most rockers starve, while a handful of superstars roll in the money. For the more records a star sells, the higher the royalty he can demand. Some superstars get up to 80 cents per LP (a so-called 16 per cent deal). McLean, a middleranker at around 10 per cent, reportedly sold 4.5 million “American Pie” singles
So far Carole King has sold 6 million “Tapestry” albums in the U.S., plus another 3 million worldwide. Despite a low royalty-of, say, 35 cents per LP--.qhe has netted well over $3 million. The beatles probably made much more on “Abbey Road.” So did Simon & Carfunkel with “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Paul Simon’s writer royalties on that title song alone are said to approach $750,000, and may net him another $1 million during his lifetime. When FORBES called Simon to check these estimates, he said only: “I don’t want to discuss business. It doesn’t interest me.” Not any longer it doesn’t. Simon is a multimillionaire. Having a hit record, furth,ermore, is only the beginning. It creates fans all over the world-no exaggeration - who clamor to see the star in concert, in movies and on TV. The artist gets all :, this outside income; none of it is shared with his record company. Concerts can be extremely profitable. Most of the superstars FORBES studied earn more performing than recording. Take Neil Young, who performs in tattered denims. He sells out lO,OOOseat sports arenas at $5 to $6 a head with ease and walks away with around $18,000 a night. Young will clear nearly $2 million for himself from his current three-month tour, even after paying his
back-up musicians $loO;o( No other type of perfo,m movies, a TV series or nigt concert game. Indeed, in c( playing Las Veg& is like mitzvah. Elvis Presley cc fattest fees in Vegas, son nights’ work. Last summer , Square Garden, Elvis nette just three nights. Moreover, smart rock acts turn out feature-length mc shot TV specials. Elvis app; $1 million for a one-hour) cc live last winter via satellite As if all this wasn’t enou be a bonanza, too. Take 2 the Partridge Family’s Davi getting a little long in the I or the way he smile3j I thousands for years on Tcontain a few photos and and, of course, bubble gul fans are jumping in. Al cosmetics for men. His “i natural for the guys wl%o capes, eyeshadow and gl Stones want to tie up with
Rolling Stone beer and wir ads: GET STONED. Add up all the outside 5c why the biggest acts can e; income and earn betwet million a year. FORBES COI annual incomes above Livingston, Capitol Reco estimates that at their pe2 Beatles earned well over $ say it was more Ii ke $20 Okay, the kid next door, becomes a superstar. Whi runs to the phone and ca president. To thank him? whispers that he’s losing royalties are doubled, he 5 never sing again. Ethics? The sanctity of dollars are up for grabs niceties. The president could hang five years or ten albums, That way, a company c cooperative act for life. Hc in business to sell records, that big...well, okay. Alice Cooper got a 35% I per LP after his first Warner to sign a new contract, ot more years and ten more “It’s volunteered slavery, “except the slaves get to cedes.” How much can a hot act limits. Columbia Records The Family Stone still owe a 1965 contract. Neverthe President Clive Davis hard for the first LP of a new gotten so much for so litt police have arrested Sly twice for the possession drugs. Now it’s rumored that kc of today’s lost generation, money to come back and rl legend, who never sold I worth $900,000 an LP? A stroked his chin and said more”.
As we.said, there are no that Benny Goodman, Nat giants he negotiated with a near “as unreasonably tc Establishment rock star anybody to make mane; all.” At the same time, the now run by gamblers wh anythingindeed, to do next Beatles (who sold a Steve Paley of CBS’ Colu Paley’s son, says: “This his put
would catch the next plar him up.” A few months after the “monster” (and has renego
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and n pictures and oneltly netted well over 2rt that was beamed I most of the world. merchandising can enybopper idol like Iassidy, who at 22 is :h. (Query: Is it age, has earned untold ts, “love kits” that secret love message \(ow acts with older Cooper is selling Dlash mascara” is a 2nd his concerts in r. And the Rolling nanufacturer to sell (ou can imagine the
the money starts pouring in like water through a faucet. The dollars overflow the tub. More than likely, the dazed entertainer grabs a bucket and starts throwing the stuff out the window. “It’s so much money that it can become funny money,” says Jerry Rubenstein of Segel, Rubenstein & Cordon, a respected financial counselor based in Los Angeles. “We’ve seen performers run through as much as $3 million a year.” His clients are kept on budget. Rubenstein claims that four of his 40 performers, including Neil Young, are set for life, thanks to a tax-sheltered pension plan and a series of apartment house and shopping center purchases. Young also owns a 1,000 acre ranch north of San Francisco. Others with expert advisers are in good shape, too. None of them, however, has done anything exciting with his money. All they’ve tried to do so far is accumulate what they call “(bleep-) you money,” a sum so large that nobody can force them to do anything they don’t want to do. Once they have that, the young millionaires may branch out like Buck Owens, the crafty country and western singer.
Beyond that, they get their kicks by being disrespectful toward the money they never really “earned.” For every Buck Owens, there are 20 Toy Farouks.. The Mamas and the Papas’ John Phillips moved into Jeanette MacDonald’s old mansion with his first $65,000 royalty check, and furnished it with his second. He should have installed revolving doors. The group disbanded. He moved out, and Sly, Columbia’s $I-million baby, moved in. The police followed.
they’re into. They have no investments. They’ve never had sufficient cash together at any one time.” Sandy Gibson, Atlantic Records shrewd press agent, pinpoints the industry’s fatal flaw: “There’s too much money in this business. It makes people crazy. It turns Horatio Algers into greedy wolves.” In the fin al analysis, the super-star’s_ rewards riches and fame-aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Time and again, both disappear after only two or three years, and the fading star is left with his
es, and you can see , double their record $2 million and $6 I’t verify any current million.. But Alan former president, 1 1967 and 1968 the nillion a year. Some lion. 3r years of sacrifice, oes he do next? He lis record company ess again. The star i voice. Unless his ominously, he may ttracts? Millions iere’s no time
Most artists sign for ichever comes last. d lock up an unver, the company is d if the act is really St to about 55 cents Ibum. But Alice had ting the act to five s. .ys a rock manager, ? around in a Mernand? There are no imed that Sly And veraI al bums under , last fall Columbia he group $1 million .I. No act has ever roduct. Since then, Sylvester Stewart) sale of dangerous ylan, the lost voice eeking that kind of ud again. Is an aging Sly or the Beatles, 3 record executive ie might be worth ts. Livingston notes ; Cole and the other pitol were nowhere 1 as today’s antiThey don’t want hem. They want it :ord companies are :em willing to pay thing-to land the -billion records). a Records, William s is amoral. If Hitler he top executives I Argentina to sign zrstar gets his first !d his old contract),
When Owens’ money started rolling in ten years ago, he expanded his music publishing interests by signing other young country stars like Merle Haggard and Susan Raye; bought four profitmaking radio stations and syndicated his own weekly TV series. He owns the TV tapes, and in 1980, under an unusual arrangement, he will get every master record he and his artists ever made at Capitol-some 5OOcuts. He could then press his own LPs, or sell the masters to the highest bidder (and pay only capital gains taxes). Says Owens: “When video cassettes come along, old Buck is going to make some deals.” Currently, the &yearold performer, who grew up dirt-poor in Texas, is pulling down around $3 million a year. Or as he puts it in his best down-home drawl: “I got enough money to set fire to a wet hound dog.” Financially astute superstars are the exceptions. Many are high school dropouts who don’t pretend to be businessmen; they only pretend to be artists.
England’s Elton John gave his agent a $38,000 Rolls-Royce last year. For his own amusement, the 25year-old pianist has eyeglasses with windshield wipers and a $5,ooO pair that light up and spell E-LT-O-N, a string of TV sets so he can walk from his bar to the toilet without missing any action, and two cars for each foot. FORBES asked his 23-yearold manager whether the spending ever got bothersome. “Oh, yes. Elton bought a Rolls-Royce three weeks ago and sold it yesterday for another one with a better color. The first was white. The new one is brown, which is less conspicuous.” With a straight face, he added: “Elton doesn’t waste money....He likes cars.” The reigning champs are Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane. They’ve managed to live hand-to-mouth for seven years despite making millions. Their manager says: “They return from a tour, pay their bills and buy new toys. Then when they get behind again, they do another tour. It’s a life style
tax problems, and his memories, a lonely experformer trying desperately to impress strangers. Fame is especially deceptive. Harry Nilssoti, the singing banker, refuses to perform onstage, partly to avoid becoming too well know. “Eventuaily the famous ask themselves: Why am I exceptional? And if they don’t have an answer, they usually develop eccentricities to justify their fame.” 0 course, that isn’t fame at all; that’s insecurity. All too often it leads only to hard living, hard drinking and hard drugs. Yet, kids keep grabbing for the brass ring, even those who know it’s tarnished. Take Billy Joel, a gifted pianist who could be as big as Elton John by this time next year. He told FORBES he dreads the loss of privacy and the physical and psychological strain. He isn’t excited about the money either--“1 live pretty well now.” But then h,e flashed his catlike smile and said: “Still; I’m kinda looking forward to being a star.”
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people use it as their sole basis of life information. All they know is what’s happening in the LA. TIMES. Their source of information is pretty limited, therefore what they get is not the truth.” Why did you take part in the occupation of the administration building last May? “Because I felt that we had to do something to raise the conscidusness of the people around us. They should’ve realized what was happening in our society.” What did the police say when games or the most noble thing on they arrested you? earth is to give your life for your “Their main argument was why country. should I, who has all these things “I have feelings about the bar going for me, be upset about and poverty and politics and things like this. I think that’s all bigotry, but I don’t want anyone to crazy. My political beliefs are listen to me just because I’m a socialist. I tqink everyone should basketball star. I’m not even have an equal share and shouldn’t qualified to tell anyone anything be given special favors and -have about basketball yet.” more things lust -because they do While not wanting his ideas to something that, at this time in be given attention simply because society, happens to be valued. Just he is a basketball player, Bill because I happen to be a good Walton has spoken out frequently basketball player at this timeon a wide range of political sublike I could make millions of jects, hoping his opinions will be dollars, whereas twenty years ago judged on their own merits. He has it wouldn’t have done me any said, “I was never discriminated good.” against, so I don’t know where my What was Coach Wooden’s sympathies stem from. But I’m reaction to your arrest? ashamed of the way whites have “He was kind of upset. He didn’t denied rights to blacks. I don’t approve, but then he accepts me want to hear how things are better for what I am and I accept him for than they used to be. I wouldn’t what he is. We both realize we are blame the blacks for any steps different people.” they took, violent or nonviolent, to What about your teammates? get where they should be. “Some were for me, some were “The history of this country against me. I know that some of teaches that it took violent them disagreed with my actions, revolution to get our freedom, but but I’m not leading my life so that people tend to forget that. They people will say what a good guy 1 hold up George Washington as a am. I just try to lead my life the hero but he was a way I feel is best.” revol ut iona ry...Today Washington Do you expect any heckling would be in jail...l’m fortunate that from the stands or the alumni? I won’t be drafted, but I sym“Not from the alumni. I think pathize with those who go to jail mostly from other schools because rather than to war, who have to people at UCLA are pretty loyal. turn to Canada or Sweden to avoid They seem to let everything go as the draft.” long as you win basketball games. At one point last May, Bill The only thing thbt disturbs me is Walton did more than utter some that these people don’t want to words about his opposition to the wait after the games to talk over politics: all they want to do is sit in Vietnam war. In an incident that shocked the sports pages of the stands and yell at me what a America, Walton was arrested in a “commie pinko” I am. I’d be more sit-in of the UCLA administration than happy to stay after the game building protesting the mining of and talk to them.” Did the school put pressure on Haiphong harbour. He said, i“I’ve views? been brought up all my life to be you about your political “There was no pressure about it. peaceful and respect my fellow man. So when I see my governI tend not to bend under pressure. ment annihilating a whole country, I don’t let other people control my I just have to do something about life. I like to lead my own life...1 \ it.” have no regrets about it. I don’t think I’d do it again because I don’t think it will work and I try to do things that will work.“ Ten years ago a college The following is part of an intewiew with Bill Walton by Daniel basketball player wouldn’t think Hopsicker that appeared in the Los of doing this. Do you think players Angeles FREE PRESS (Nov. 54, ‘72). are changing? in it, Walton talks about hls “The thing that surprises me is reasons for ioining the protest and how easily people forget. So many his arrest. athletes come from lower income Let’s trace your development areas, not all poverty and ghetto, but they’re not coming from both athletically and politically. Beverley Hills and Encino. Then When did you first break out of the when they make it, they change. mold of a traditional athlete? They’relust doing it for them“When I first started to realize selves. If they can make it, they the inequality of everything, I was change. If they can make it, that’s in the later stages of elementary cool. If they can get some money school and I had started to become then they’re just going to ride with a good basketball player. My team because it’s comwould play a game and after the the system game people would say the fortable. “One thing I hadn’t expected, reason we won the game was which was kind of naive, was that because of me, and it wasn’t true. I got all kinds Then I started getting written up in after I got arrested of mail from people. I got a lot of the papers. “This is when I started to mail from people I don’t know and from people I do know, too. I got a disbelieve everything I read in the the fact that I was a press and the media. I figured if lot stressing commie-pinko and how I was crazy they were going to print what they away everything I want to print about me , in for throwing athletics, they can print and say had worked so hard for. “I got many letters that were anything they want to. And a lot of
Bill Walton more than a basketbaqll player
Bill Walton is a 20-year old college junior attending UCLA and majoring in history. He also happens to play a good game of basketball, and does so, he says, because he loves the game. But Bill Walton keeps basketball in perspective. “For me, basketball is just a game;” the UCLA student has been quoted as saying. “It’s a good thing to trip around in. I play_ because it’s fun. If other people want to take it too seriously, that’s their problem...1 think it’s a shame the way fans get so psyched up about the team. I wish they wouldn’t be so preoccupied with basketball. They seem to ,have their priorities turned around. Face it: On the world scale, basketball doesn’t mean very much.” Walton likes to emphasize the cooperative effort it takes to play basketball well, and has expressed his objection to being made a “super-star” on numerous occasions. Before this current successful UCLA season began, he said, “I don’t want -the next two years to be known as the Bill Walton team and stuff like that. I just want the next two years to be known,as good years of basketball.” He has repeatedly expressed the opinion that the team doesn’t get the credit it deserves and wishes sports writers would not single him out after the games but rather talk to the whole team as a group. “We don’t play as individuals. We play as a team.” In an interview by Roger Rapoport for SPORT (Jan. ‘73), Walton said, “I really don’t like to watch basketball on TV. The picture dwells on what the cameraman thinks is important, not what’s really happening. TV always focuses on shooting, not what’s going on up and down the court. It’s built around the idea of who can get the most. “Of course, you can’t play that way for Wooden (UCLA’s basketball coach). It’s team ball all the way. If you don’t work unselfishly, you don’t play.” Walton has received award upon award for his outstanding play on the basketball court, and some people have said that he is an even better player than Bill Russell or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But the socially aware student of history has some of his own ideas about the nature of this adulation. “I think I’ve gotten twice as much publicity as I deserve because I’m the Great White Hope in a game that has been dominated by Blacks. If I were Black, I would just be another center who plays well. In basketball, I want to be judged for my play, not my color. I don’t deserve any medals for my color.” Walton told Bill Libby in a special interview for NEWSDAY (Feb. l&1973), “I don’t give many interviews because I don’t think I’m that important. I don’t want to be made into some kind of cardboard cutout. Some people have the idea that a UCLA athletic hero has to be an all-American boy; someone who thinks it’s the most important thing in the world to win
good, too, from people who suppotited my actions. I read them all. I got one from a WW 1 vet: he thought I should never play basketball again, that I was a disgrace to my country. It was weird because they had a preconceived idea of what I was supposed to be. I didn’t fit this role and they were angry.” What do you think of the peace initiative? (This was published in Novemeber, 1972-ed.) “I don’t think it will work...We’re in Vietnam becauqe of economics. We live in a capitalist society. Our country has been built up so much i_t has reached its peak level. It can’t go any further. But we still have to keep producing things, and since there’s no place for these things to go, we have to produce things to be destroyed so we can produce more things. It’s production-destruction. One way to produce and destroy is through war. “Vietnam is a great place to spend a lot of money. They make things, send them over there, and destroy them. Our economy is in terrible shape, but lust think what it would be like if we didn’t have the Vietnam war.” What’s your opinion of American lustice now after having deali with it? “I don’t think I’m criminal lust because I want peace. I’m a history student and I try to isolate myself from this period. I think when people study this period they’ll se@ how the people wanted peace and the leaders wanted war. They will think that it was a crazy era. Future historians will call us the American Empire and compare us with the Roman Empire. But now the Empire is starting to crumble and I don’t know how long it’s going to last.”
society. I could make more of a contribution to mankind that way than by basketball or by giving away the money I’d make. And I want to do more with my life than -’ win a few games.” Whatever else Bill Walton decided to do with his life, it will be a good life as long as he continues to speak out and act against the social injustice he sees around him. And Walton, much like the other two basketball greats to whom he is so frequently compared-Bill Russel and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-has proven once again that a commitment to radical social change is not antithetical to the highest levels of athletic excellence. Reprint
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Mon to Fri Sat SUII Though Bill Walton is only a junior at UCLA this year, there is wide speculation about the chances of his signing a professiona I contract before his college eligibility runs out after next season. In the past there has been an unwritten code that pro leagues would not sign college basketball players until after their college eligibility has expired. But as the power struggle between the two rival basketball leagues intensified in recent years, various teams began signing top college players before their senior year, “hardship cases” calling them since they come from low income families. The ABA is so anxious to “acquire” Bill Walton and avenge their loss of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the NBA that they have made Walton eligible to apply for “hardship” status even though he comes from a middle-income family living in a San Diego suburb. He has reportedly been offered a $2 million deal to sign a pro contract, but to date he has refused, saying that he is happy playing basketball at UCLA, likes his coach and teammates, and that money isn’t everything. In fact, at one point in his interview with journalist Bill Libby for NEWSDAY, Walton said, “Money doesn’t mean anything to me. It can’t buy happiness and I just want to be happy. I’m built for basketball and I have the potential to be a top player, but I’m not sure that I want it for a profession. I think I’d rather become a criminal lawyer and offer free service to those in the ghettoes who are discriminated against by our
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When the present Federation council sponsored establishments : record was elected, no one looked forward to shop, campus shop, etc. the establishment of a “Berkeley of the Not only was that motion soundly North” on this campus, but since that defeated-without any real debate of election the . council has exceeded the issue itself-but a following motion everyone’s wildest expectations as a to send a letter of opposition to the halting, bumbling do-nothing group Ontario treasurer was also knocked which strains the tolerance of even down, pending “further investigation” \ hardened Federation-watchers. of the issue. There is a disquieting lack of spirit or The upsetting part of that episode enthusiasm in council this year which was not particularly that no motion was in past years at least partially made up passed regarding the tax, but the for the political and personal dif- reasons given for not taking action. Not a few council members stated flatly ferences which plague such groups.< In the recent past, student groups that if the government has decided on and leaders have often been in the these taxes, there must be a need for forefront in criticizing and articulating them, “and who are we to question the Others pleaded opposition to flagrantly backward government?” moves by government and industryignorance-evidently having read no both in Ontario and Canada, and papers or magazines in the past month, around the world. This is only to be nor watched or listened to a news they couldn’t ’ expected of such groups. But not our broadcast-saying present council. possibly criticize government “experts” who had spent so much time A motion was put forth at the final meeting of the past term asking that investigating the issue. the federation-in protest against the The fact is, as is painfully evident at new sales and energy taxes in On- this point in history, that it does not tario-refuse to collect the extra two- take an “expert” in government or percent sales tax at all federationfinance to know that a T-percent energy tax and an extra Z-percent sales tax are regressive taxes which will add more of a burden to the already-overtaxed lower- and middle-lower-income families. It does not require a degree in economics to feel some compassion and ‘show even minimal support for the various groups which are engaged in fighting these taxes, any more than it takes an “expert” strategist to recognize and protest the Viet Nam war. Hopes had been strong in some circles that these ill-founded blind faiths in government and “experts” are a thing of the past among collegeage people. If so, our council is also very much a thing of the past. However a vacuum, as we all know, is always filled, and the vanguard of political protest in the tax matter was taken up by such radical and irresponsible groups as the Liberal and NDP parties of Ontario, the K-W Record and Globe and Mail and just about any other group you can think of; and the Conservative Caucus itself finally forced the abandonment of the energy tax. The sales tax is still under attack from many of these same -sources. (Even Record financial writer Henry Koch-so reactionary he frequently calls attention to the “road to Socialism” the Ontario government is leading us down-has decried the new tax schemes and called for changes, especially the repeal of the energy tax.) Has it come to the point where the self-effacing namby-pambies on council are so afraid of taking action and so politically and socially conservative that they refuse to take even a paper stand on such an obvious issue as the tax increases? Perhaps council members should ruminate a bit on the responsibilities which their election to office entail. Though it is true that the move to forestall action on the tax motion was led by Telegdi and friends, it was the general ignorance and impotence of the council as a whole which killed even a chance for intelligent debate on the subject. If council is going to continue doing no more than it has so far-if recent actions form a pattern for the coming year-then council should be disbanded. As it is, it is a waste of everyone’s time, especially those few members of council who actually want to do something constructive with the little power they do possess.
This is in response to all the crap that’s coming down due to the noise being made the International Students’ bY Association and the Chinese Students’ Association. You are in this country going to school because the quality education offered in Canada is not available in your country, or if it is, you have chosen to attend university in Canada instead. Are you forgetting that you are guests of the Canadian government and the people of Canada?? You have been given the opportunity to come here and live in Canada’s developed society and make use of every educational and cultural opportunity available to Canadian
to live in K-W find out what is available. When women arrive new to Kitchener or wish to move within the-area, they can contact the service and suitable places are suggested. Up, to date information is kept of what places are rented and which landlords are registered with the service. The work a volunteer can do is varied.
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citizens. Some countries do not allow foreign students to make use of their educational facilities, and still others (such as the USA) charge additional tuition, quite often double, to foreign students. Furthermore, unemployment is one of Canada’s foremost domestic problems, and is it not reasonable to assume that any government would give first preference to its own citizens? Before you make demands on the government of Canada, of which you are a guest, you might consider what you are already getting from Canada. -A
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The fact that faculty members in Ontario are getting piggier and piggier at an ever-smaller trough has been pointed out before, and is a revelation which will certainly shock no one on this campus. The faculty, already among the highest-paid people in the country-and the world-has continued to get comfortable pay raises in a period of drastic cut-backs and layoffs in the I recent past, and the absurdity to which the concept of tenure has been carried is hard to match in any other profession. There has been no acceptance by the faculty of any responsibility to tighten belts or forego raises, despite pressure from students’ federation and other groups to do so. The men and (few) women who people this privileged profession continue to hold dearly to the elitist fringe benefits of their special status, even though they should be the first to bend a little in times when the full scope of the university’s activities is threatened. As the most privileged and affluent, they should be the first to cut back when the going gets rough, rather than silently accepting the mass lay-off and firing of lesser-paid staff employees and junior faculty. Seasoned viewers of the university scene have become accustomed to these excesses, however, and cries for more from the faculty no longer sur-
But the issue now before the university senate strains credulity. At present, when university professors have been here for six years, they can request a year’s vacation called a “sabbatical”. Admittedly, these tripsto virtually every continent in the world--often enhance a professor’s pursuit of his subject area, and this probably results in a net gain of some sort when he returns to the classroom (though often the professor is more involved in research than teaching). For this year away from the campus, the professor receives half his regular salary which, since all are tenured, is a considerable amount of money. The motion which comes before the senate on May 22 will raise that to twothirds the professor’s salary. The senate ‘has already defeated this motion once, but in April the board of governors disagreed and sent the proposal back to senate for reconsideration. All sorts of misplaced pleas of “hardship when the professor has to take his family abroad with him,” etc, have been brought forward in defence of the motion. The proposal to up the pay was endorsed Monday by the senate executive, and so looks to have a good chance of passing this time around, considering the impact of that endorsement plus the pressure of the
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board of governors’ stand. But it will be a shame, in a year that has seen staff layoffs and student aid cutbacks, to see one more special financial consideration given to the faculty. It is ridiculous to use the word “hardship” in connection with a professor’s salary--even half of which is above the national average-and the defenders of this idea ignore the fact that many of these professors on sabbatical are also recipients of grants, which are more often than not quite substantial. There is a double-edged effect to this proposal. If a professor receives twothirds of his salary, the department still has to come up with the money to
pay a- replacement for his teaching duties. If passed, this proposal will make a mockery of the administration’s crocodile-tear laments about budget problems over the past few years, and senators should ponder the implications of this expenditure for which no concrete evidence -has been provided. Are there in fact professors who will come before senate and declare that they will be unablewithout this extra concession-to take advantage of the sabbatical program? If so, they should be referred to financial advisers about managing their finances before they should be handed more money from the university’s budget.
â€™ The war is over...
. ..but the memory
Published on Nov 7, 2011
The action comes fast and furious as the parliamentary drama of federation council unfolds during last April meeting. University of Waterloo...