The Carolina journal. volume (Charlotte, N.C.) 1965-19??, October 25, 1967, Image 3
ENTERTAINMENT ON REVIEW By Monte Zepeda TIP TO MOTORISTS The guy who tries to chisel in heavy traffic sometime carves his own tombstone. BEAUTY OF THE MONTH G0®piA\ RESTAURANT SPECIALIZING IN THE FINEST ITALIAN FOODS W, Mercht»d at Indtpandanea 3764118 Green Garter Not Complete Success PAGE 3 Rod McKuen is a poet, singer and songwriter. His popularity in both Europe and the United States is growing at a tremendous rate. Two albums by McKuen have been released on the RCA label and are receiving enthusiastic receptions everywhere. Born 33 years ago in Oakland, Calif., Rod McKuen has made enough money as a performer that he can now “Buy candy bars when I want and take a plane ride when I like.” His book of poems, STANYAN STRE^;T & OTHER SORROWS, sold 30,000 copies in slightly over six months making it the largest-selling book of poems in more than 20 years. The publishing firm. Random House, bought the manuscript of his latest book sight unseen. McKuen came to Hollywood after serving in the Army. Acting didn’t prove to be satisfactory to McKuen wentto New York and joined a rock and roll group that had him screaming over the band to be heard. That game him the husky voice that’s now his trademark. Rock and roll didn’t prove to be satisfactory either so McKuen took up writing songs and poetry. This has proved to be very satis factory to say the least. Rod McKuen now works 18 hours a day but he enjoys every minute — it is what he likes to do. However, sometimes the pressure gets too great and he takes off for Europe. In Europe, Rod McKuen is so popular that he could easily live the year around there and make a handsome living. As it is, McKuen usually spends about six months ol each year traveling throu^ Europe. There he writes songs, performs in cabarets, makes appearances in concert halls, and records in four languages. In this country his popularity is great. He turns down more night club engagements and coUege concerts than many top performers are offered. Rod McKuen has a style aU his own. He has singlehandedly managed to turn the pop song into an art form. The usual listener would keep a record of recited poetry playing for about a minute. Almost anybody will enjoy the readings made against the lush instrumental back grounds by McKuen. That style has started a new trend in recording. McKuens songs and poems are completely different than anything by any other ccmtemporary artist. They are completely modern and appealing to young adults as weU as older liberals. The selections on his albums include ballads, songs with a beai, songs that are happy and sad, poetic and humorous. Most are written and produced by McKuen himself. All are unforgettable. McKuen has a remarkable insight and feeling for life and the com plicated process of living. His songs touch every aspect of life from beer drinking to love making; from a cat named Sloopy to the singing of the wind. It is almost impossible to describe the works of Rod McKuen. They are poetic and beautiful yet they are in conversational terms every body uses. The only way to find out how they sound is to hear them and if you do, you won’t be sorry. His albums are “Through European Windows” and “Listen to the Warm”. Both are unusual relief in the record markets of today. By SONIA MIZELL The Green Garter Coffee House has made its debut at UNC-C. While it was not a disaster, it can hardly be called a complete success. This is through no fault of the people who made the coffee house possible, and certainly not Gamble Rogers who offered excel lent entertainment. The problems came from the students who wouldn’t find the time to visit the Green Garter. Students here at school have worked since early last year in order to make it possible for UNC-C students to enjoy the Green Garter and aU that is coming with fte Coffee House Circuit. UNC-C is one of several colleges and universities cm a circuit that covers the southeastern area. The other schcmls on this circuit also have coffee houses, etc. just like the one here. By being on the circuit, it is possible for each school to present New York talent to its students at a minimal price. Apparantly, the students at UNC-C are not interested in New York talent. * Larry Williams * * CAN ttPIESENT * : YOU : * ♦ LOOKING FOR A GUITAR? See Fred Nance For The Best Selection In Town. WE HAVE GIBSON - MARTIN FENDER-EPIPHONE FROM SPAIN RAMIREZ - GARCIA SANCHIS - ESTRICH VICTOR-ALSO GOYA Plus Several Other Makes Also Private Lessons By Appointment Phone 372-1793 HI-FI Camera Shop CHARLOTTETOWN MALL CAROLYN TAYLOR Connecticut Mutueil Beauty of the Month Selected by Ivan Hinrichs and Scott Welton, Your ConneC' ticut Mutucil Campus Represem tatives. Connecticut Mutual The Blue Chip Ccanpany Since 1846 Students Of UNC-C Welcome To Frank and Ray^s Restaurant 6300 Nerth Trysi St. In preparation for the opening of the Green Garter, several stu dents put in seventy to eighty man-hours to decorate the gym. Like most students here, these people were also very busy and had homework to do, but they man aged to stay out at the school until 2:00 in the morning decora ting. Besides personal satisfaction in doing an excellent job of trans forming the gym into a coffee house, the only other thing these hardworking people got was a feel ing of dismay. It is one thing to put in hours erf work that are appreciated and rewarded by large attendance, but it is pitiful when this work is met with minimal attendance. Yes, there was a large and satisfying attendance on Fri day and Saturday nights, but what happened to all the other days when the Green Garter was open? The complaint of most students is that it cost too much. What these students don’t realize is that the budget for this was very limit ed and it takes a lot erf money (Continued on page 8) PURITAN® FULL-FASHIONED BAN-LON® Americas favorite long-sleeve knit shirt be cause it fits best. . . looks best! Knit to fit- no underarm bind. Full-Fashioned collar. Pop it in the automatic for washing and drying. Keeps its shape and softness. The colors are terrific! Sizes S-M-L-XL. •Textralizidyam, 100% DuPont nylon.