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Stevie Ray Vaughan's newest album, CbuWrc1
Stand The Weather, on Epic, has the makings of an
old friend and a good alburn. It has the require
ments that make it prima facia for R and B fans but
still remains commercial enough to be attractive to
the general public. And Vaughan's expertise on the
guitar, along with his back-ups which include Jim
mie Vaughan (Stevie's brother) and Fran Christina
of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, make this album a
technical success which is of utmost importance
considering its lack of original material.
Although remaking a song is an inherant problem
to R and B, Vaughan makes some very good choices
in those songs. The album leads with a remake of the
Instrumental "Skuttle ButthV " and then Vaughan
shows what he can do on his own with "Couldn't
Stand The Weather." This song holds its own with
the classics on the album, period. Then Things That
I Used To Do," another Vaughan original, gives more
testimony to Vaughan's own talent.
"Voodoo Chile," which Vaughan resurects from
Hendrix's list of classics, is, if nothing else, a reitera
tion of the talent that lead Vaughan to be Spring
stein's E Street Band lead guitarist and also gave
him a guest appearance on David Bowies "Lets
Side two begins with the last of the Vaughan origi
nals, "Cold Shot," the larger commercial hit on the
Next comes three grandfathers of R and B in a
row, starting with "Tin Pan Alley," originally done by
Jimmie Reed, "Honey Bee," and "Stang's Swang
On the whole, the album seems somewhat out of
order with "Voodoo Chile." At the most "Voodoo..." is
a somewhat bluesy rock sound, but not quite like
anything on the album. This drags from the mood
just a little too much for comfort.
res for a good a
Wives!, tops all Hoi
Collins authors scathing account
By Ccctt E&rrsii
The No. 1 best-seller on national paperback fic
tionlists is "Hollywood Wives" by Jackie Collins, Joan
Collins' younger sister. This controversial novel is
one of the most talked-about in years and has
prompted numerous talk-show interviews with Col
lins as well as a television miniseries planned for
"Hollywood Wives" is a scathing satire about the
lives of superstars and their avaricious spouses
whose ticket to ride is a famous husband. Most of
the action transpires in California's glitzy micro
cosm, Beverly Hills where kinky sex, drugs, money
and movie business artifices are rampant.
Now this sounds like another trash wallow a la
Harold Robbins and Judith Krantz, but it isnt. It's an
original, hilariously disgusting and painfully en
grossing parody on the pretenses of the celebrity
belt that is written with slang-saturated dialogue
and raunchy narration. Collins uses this droll story
telling verve to expose each character's sordid past
and chronicle their bizarre sexual conquests with
wit and lovably obnoxious humor.
What is radio drama at KZUM Community Radio
all about? Only the Shadow knows.
But if you're interested, you can call him and find
out. KZUM is beginning a series of locally produced
radio plays and needs actors who want their voices
to be heard in the plays of G. B. Shaw, W. B. Yeats and
others. You dent have to be an actor. You dont have
to sound like Lamont Cranston (but if you do, call
rifht away). Contact the Shadow, Peter Schmitt, at
435-8060, 475-2493 or call KZUM, 474-5G8S.
The annual alfresco auditions and public preview
of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival will be held
at 2 -m. on August 4 at Frank Theis Memorial Mall
near' Volker Fountain in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Ministry of Revelry is seeking minstrels, magi
cians, mimes, jugglers, specialty acts and intriguing
street characters. Performers should prepare a
three minute presentation; costumes are encour
ages, but not required. The public o invited to
attend the auditions and meet with the king ana
Queen and their Royal Court.
For more information, call (816) 6bl-vuUo.
The book opens up with nauseating zeal in Phila
delphia as a deranged auto mechanic hacks up his
parents and his hooker girlfriend with a machete.
Then the scene switches to Beverly Hilb where the
wife of a film legend is watching a sleazeball intruder
urinate in her swimming pooL This campy outra
geousness never lets up as Collins takes the reader
on a roller coaster ride through the lives of cocaine
snorting jet setters, casting couch graduates, crip
pled Vietnam vet gays, overendowed Je3us fanatics
and every other farcical character all blend in with
the main story and lead up to the unexpected
climax involving the murdering maniac and the-stars.
From cover to cover, the book is a suspeneful
sizzler that will have you howling with laughter and
gasping with delightful disgust It completely eclipses
anything by Robbins or Krantz, as Collins doesn t try
to write with the least bit of classy style. And that s
how a true trashy novel" should be written as
tawdry as possible.
"Hollywood Wives" is the roman a clef to top them
all and it is absorbing enough to satisfy any reader.
Courtesy Lpis Becoro
plans 8 productions
Challenging and exciting, yet classic, the 1934-85
University Theatre Lincoln's eighth production sea
"Betrayal" by Harold Pinter
"The Hostage" by Brenda Behan
"The Fox" by Allan Miller
"Amadeus" by Peter Shaffer
"The Rules of the Game" by Luigi Pirandello
"Grease" Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and
"The Dining Room" by AJl. Gruney, Jr.
"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare
Brilliant British playwright Harold Pinter pro
vides a fascinating study of love, marriage and adul
ter in a plot presented with unique theatricality, to
be staged in Studio Theatre beginning October 3.
"The Hostage," opens October 25 in Howell Thea
tre, is a bawdy salute to the Irish spirit, with music,
dance, politics and romance.
"The Fox" is adapted from D.H. Lawrence's novella.
It opens November 8 at Studio Theatre.
"Amadeus," a haunting tale of one man's obses
sion with another's talent , opens at Howell December
Comedy and tragedy mingle in "The Rules of the
Game," opening February 14 in the Studio.
"Grease" opens ah extended 15 performance run
at Howell Theatre on March 7.
"The Dining Room" is a bouyantly funny, tongue-in-cheek
love song to that vanishing breed known as
WASPs. It opens in Studio Theatre April 4.
"Macbeth" ends it all in Howell Theatre, beginning
Season and individual tickets for the 84-85 season
are on sale from August 27 at the theatre box office
in the Temple Building, 12th and R streets.
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Tuesday, Juty 24, 1984
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