Independent Press-Telegram Long Beach 7-21-73 Robert Lamm on drugs

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Independent Press-Telegram Long Beach 7-21-73 Robert Lamm on drugs - Rock star claims his group not hit by 'scandal*...
Rock star claims his group not hit by 'scandal* By LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press Writer of of The Aug. the e The talk of the recording industry right now is "the scandal" ... meaning drugs. Views vary. "Anyone who tells you that rock musicians don't mess with dope is lying," says a recording artist who claims to know. But, in another record company office, another insider says, "I can't believe it. I've worked with record companies for years and have never seen anyone passing out dope." Between these extremes sits Robert Lamm, comfortably sipping coffee in his Hollywood office, acknowledging there is a scandal but declaring it hasn't touched his group, "Chicago." LAMM, is ignoring any possible stigma that might result from their associaliked to say he did ... Clive didn't like us and we didn't like him." Lamm, 28, himself something of a teen-age idol, has been making radio commercials with an antidrug theme. He sings a catchy tune with a spoken message saying, "A lot of our friends and a lot of your friends aren't around anymore because they were shooting dope. We miss them." "The only two people who helped us in the beginning were Jimmie Hendrix and Janis Joplin," says Lamm. Both artists died from drug overdoses. "We got to be pretty close and it was a drag what happened to them. I wanted to convey that." Lamm says he has seen instances where record companies or business managers p y e withs. Dope payoffs also go to concert promoters, agents and disc jockeys, he believes. But he says he has no first-hand evidence of it. "PEOPLE that get hung up on dope are almost invariably too sensitive to deal with depression, with not getting gigs, not eating, being rejected artistically," says Lamm. "They can't handle it. It is either die or get into drugs." and "Chicago" have tried to take a part in turning teen-agers' heads toward more worthwhile interests. One of their efforts was political -- trying to move kids -to vote. The group, with Lamm leading the way, made speeches at concerts, handed out voter registration information and tucked circulars into their albums urging youngsters to vote. That was more than a year before the 1972 presidential election. Toward the conclusion of the campaign, Lamm became personally involved in supporting Sen. George McGovern. The question comes up --what is a rock group doing getting involved in heavy questions of politics and drug abuse? "WE'RE asked that all the time," says Lamm. "My attitude is that the im. seach, c.iif, s.i., July ii, 'CHICAGO' MEMBER ROBERT LAMM -AP Wirlpnoto world does not stop because I step on the stage. Everything changes outside the concert hall. Just because I'm a musician doesn't mean I don't think and feel the effects of politics." He has written and recorded songs about the Watts riots, the Chicago convention and about President Nixon, and he anticipates even more politically motivated songs in the future. "If I'm capable of thinking and feeling and writing a song about a relationship with a lady," he says, "or about how good a day it is, I'm just as capable of feeling dissatisfied with something politically and I can write about that too." TORRANCE tolling Hills, Tomjme 315.1600 PK. Clt. Hwy. ( Cmubuw "MARY POPPINS" (G "THE SILVER FOX SAM DAVENPORT" IG CARSON CARSON TWIN CINEMAS 2J121 S. Attlon 549-3713 No. 1-"AIII5TOCAT5"(G) "SONGOFTHESOUTH"|ci No. J-"NEPTUNE FACTOR"^ "BlUE WATER, WHITE DEATH" STMND IN! Pacific An. 131-7171 "THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE "JEREMIAH JOHNSONV STEINBECK'S "OF MICE AND MEN Awara-winning Drama Winner of L.A. County Drama Festival DOWNEY THEATRE Downey For Reservation, call 661-WI1 FRI.-SAT,, 3:00 P.M. All Tickets W.W "THE IOT WHO CRIED WEREWOLF" AIN AND AGAIN

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  2. 21 Jul 1973, Sat,
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