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April 5, 1975

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 18

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6.C~LM_BibM' l AVAlANCHE-JOURNAL-- Saturday Morning, April 5. 1975 MeiSe Haggard Says Country Music Exploited By VERNON SCOTT .HOLLYWOOD (UPI)'— Merle J^aggard is a solemn man confounded by the corruption of country music which has made overnight stars of non-country singers. Purist Haggard, one of the {dp country recording artists in the world, Is alarmed at the chrome and frills tacked onto gcetar and gitflddle music by fast-buck producers. He contends the subtlety and sophistication of genuine country rnusic is lost on most listeners; today in the morass of electronic instruments and gilded lyrics. "Country music In the past three years has been exploited by people looking for profits, rot the love of music," he said during a stop in Hollywood. "Radio station owners who once depended on rock now call the music country-western but they've kept the same disc jockeys who don't know anything about real country music. "I don't say it's bad music. I don't know what it is. But it's not country." -Haggard, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., said Charlie Pride and Olivia Newton-John (big Grammy Award winners) are talented performers whom he enjoys. But what they're singing isn't country. > 'There are 2,000 stations in the United States that call themselves country," lie said. "But less than 100 of them play the real tiling. "Genuine country music fans arc denied a chance to hear it. Like opera lovers, they are a minority in this country. But they know the real thing when they hear it." Asked for a definition of country music, Haggard said: "It's sung by real country people. It's that old nasal twang stuff that a lotta folks don't like. But I like it. "You can tell it's real to the ears like John Wayne is real to the eyes. You don't have to understand it. You just know It's honest-to-God real." Haggard was having luncl with another purist, singe Leona Williams. She added "Real country songs tell down to earth stories. Plain stories The message is direct. There i nothing foggy about the lyrics." Haggard makes a clear istinction between bonafide ounlry singers and such pop ,tars as Pride and Newton- otin. "You've got to go along with ountry music people like joretta Lynn, Lefty Frizzetl. Police Academy Test Studied HOUSTON (UP1) — Mayor Fred Hofheinz said that will investigate police academy entrance requirements including a rigorous physical tesl stiffened recently at the request of police officials. A class of cadets, all men, has begun training for the force. The last class was half women. The test in question requires an applicant to pull a 150-pounc duffel bag tlve length of a gym floor In 10 seconds, to jump a 6 foot fence, to chin up and hold on for 10 seconds, to broad jump from a standing position six feet and to run a gym track in 75 seconds. "Nothing in entertainment has more loyal fans than country music. They are with •ou for life. They don't George Connie Jones, Smith, he late Hank Williams, Roy cuff, Minnie Pearl and Dolly arten," he said. of miles to listen to a favorite. And they gotta hear country music every day. "There's eal sound no mistaking to songs like the San Antonio Rose,' 'Lovesick Blues, 1 and 'Cheatin' Heart.' don't go another records. from one depending artist to on hit "Country fans drive hundreds "On stations country music playing phony a really great star like Ernest Tubb as never heard. He works 300 days a year on personal appearances. He signs every autograph book in the 'house, Fans can't get enough of him." Haggard, a long-time champion of yokels, will broaden his own career to include acting. He plays a slick con artist in "Huckleberry Finn," the ABC- TV movie airing March 25. "We'll see how it works out," he said. "I don't sing in the picture." He's not sure how many viewers dig that good old down- home! nasal twang. [BACKSTAGE THUAT1U' TOWN t COUNTRY SHOPfING aNTH 1 .763-8600X't OPEN AT 6:30 1SUR SMU HUB MCQBa WOC8LMK N1TIIY AT *:55 FUCCC Tax Woes Prevalent In History By National Geographic WASHINGTON — As one Hong-suffering citizen put it after looking at his shriveled bank balance on April 15: "A taxpayer is a person who doesn't have to pass a civil service exam to work for the government.'' Those comforted by the adage that misery loves company can take' heart. Taxation was just as bad and sometimes worse in the good old days, the National Geographic Society says. The people of Lagash, an important city-stage in ancient Sumer, overthrew their rule 36 centuries ago for a new king who promised to reduce taxes and dismiss the tax agents. Collectors Spread Terror But tilings apparently weren't much better a thousand years later. A cuneiform writer groused on a clay tablet: "You can have a lord, you can have a king, but the man to fear is the tax collector.' Egypt's pharaohs gathered fortunes through direct levies and tribute. After dividing land among his people, Rameses the Great (1304-1237 B.C.) set up a special tax scale based on the share each farmer received. Three thousand 'years later, levies on land still were a sore spot. The American author. Charles Dudley Warner observed, "The thing that is most generally raised on city land is taxes." At various times and places, taxes have been levied on almost everything that people need or desire, including salt, tea. coffee, wine, furs, clothing, houses — even on water and grass consumed by animals. Peter the Great of Russia taxed beards to promote the cleaji-shaven look. England's Queen Elizabeth I boosted wool production and her tax take by ordering all males to wear "a woollen cappe on Sondaies and Holy days." Charged For Vehicles As cars are taxed today, so in the past were Roman chariots, coolie-drawn carts in the East, and English hackney cabs. At one time, Chinese inspectors at "squeeze stations" spaced along the highways extracted multiple tolls not only Dn merchant goods but on the belongins of ordinary travelers. Throughout history people lave met their taxes with all kinds of payments — everything from token bouquets of roses to a handful of peppercorns, elephants' teeth, hens, cheeses, and hams. In the United States, modern hard losers bombard the Internal Revenue Service with things like the shirts off their backs and tape bandages which supposedly show how much it liurts. One man included a handful of buttons with his return. "Y/u got the shirt last year," he explained. PALM ROOM Dining And Homing Prfwte Party t taqott facilities Music ly Jinny tlafclty ht risirvalUm Call 7W-37W . J.Y.OJ. 3.5 PA1ICAEE HOUSE" II OPEN LATE ••6th & Ave. Q WEEKDAY — LUNCHES, TOO!! 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