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These Chicago Dudes want you
to meet a very Rice "Lady"!!
Festival Rock Concert
extra guest stars
State Basketball Tournament Special
SAT. MAR. 15 at 8 PM
Purchase tickets in advance $4.00 at Dirt Cheap
records, Student Union, Ben Simons Down
town, Gateway, Omaha Westroads, Miller &
Paine Downtown - Gateway. Daisy Lincoln -Omaha.
Homers Old Town - Plaza. Auditorium
Recorded rehashes of old material are often
depressing exercises in forced nostalgic yearnings
that the artist was obviously enjoying immensely
at one point, then decided to finish up in order
to get an album out at an opportune moment.
Some are not worth the price of admission, a
fine example of this being Neil Young's Journey
Through the Past. Others meet with general
acceptance and assume a position of respect,
strike up iho bond
such as the Who's Live at Leeds, or. more
recently, Joni Mitchell's Miles of Aisles.
John Lennon has released a rehash album, but
of a slightly different color. Entitled Rock 'n'
Roll, it is a compendium of fifties and sixties
rock music written by such luminaries as Fats
Domino, Buddy Holly, Del Shannon, and Little
Richard. Lennon explains in an accompanying
sheet that these songs were among the seminal
influences on the early Beatles music, and goes
on to add a few details of his early musicianship,
revealing that he first learned one of the included
songs on the banjo.
Lennon's commentary is one thing; the music
is another. Produced by another leftover from
the Golden Age, Phil Spector, the album has a
floaty, overworked sound that lends an eerie
cadence to the simple-minded lyrics.
Lennon has been accused of often singing
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away his myriad psychological twists and turns,
but on Rock 'n' Roll, he is limited to the works
of others. Be this as it may, he nonetheless
manages to place his unmistakable stamp on the
proceedings. His piercing voice refrains from its
habitual quasi-primal-scream mode, and confines
itself to a moderately raving delivery that the
lyrics truly deserve.
His guitar treatment is unambitious, if not to
say respectful. Leaving behind the sloppy basic
chording that was the hallmark of early rock'
giants, he instead forges an acceptable synthesis
of old-line and modem rock stylet. This
mutation does not always fall comfortably upon
the senses, but it is a credit to Lennon that it
works as well as it does.
Lennon's finest hour comes with his rendition
of Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue". A juvenile,
insipid song by any estimate, Lennon
nevertheless plays it straight and somehow
manages to make the listener take it seriously, at
least until five seconds after the final chord.
The album is flawed only by the poverty of its
material. There was little musical merit in the
majority of those songs revered today as being
the high points of rock's halcyon days, yet
Lennon has seen fit to treat them Mia measure
of respect that they do not deserve. He may give
them all the affection he wishes, much as one
may treasure a ragdoll long after childhood's end,
but one ought to take exception to a legitimate
lyric genius like Lennon wasting his talents on
others' inferior material. It is a shining example
of an artist working beneath himself, which
should always be noted with regret.
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The Collegiate Band's spring concert Thursday at 8 p.m. in
Kimball Hall will feature special guests from the Nebraska
One of three bands in the department, the Collegiate Band is
composed of marching band members, according to director
Robert Fought, associate professor of saxophone and band.
The band will perform "The Mercenaries" by Robert Beadell,
professor of theory and composition. Selections from Gershwin's
fold opera "Porgy and Bess" and a collection of familiar Irish
folktunes also wiir be played.
A quintet of freshman music majors and the band will perform a
sonate for brass quintet and concert band.
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Tues., Mar. 18 8 p.m.
THE THREE SISTERS
by Anton Chekhov
A unique and controversial
production. Chekhov with
humor and laughter.
Wed. Mar 19 2:30 & 8 p.m.Tues. Mar. 25 8 p.m.
THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
by William Saroyan
Gleeful, hearbreaking, tender and hilarious '
Wed. Mar. 26 8 p.m.
SHE STOOPS TO GOI.'Q'JER
by Oliver Goldsmith
Has kept audiences laughing for 200 years.
TOFTS' Kimball Box Offic Room 113 Music Bidg.
1 ivftk 1 a. 11th & R Streets 472 3375, 472 2506
UNL Students $2 Regular S3
This residency is supported in part by grants from tfc National
Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the
Nebraska Arts Council.
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Wednesday, march 12, 1975
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