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Our Panel of Experts Present their Awards for 1971


Mike Kutza Director, Chicago International Film Festival

-best films

1. Sunday, Bloody Sunday (directed by John Schlesinger)

2. Garden of the Finzi continis (Vittorio deSica)

3. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich)

4. Family Life (K. Zanussi)

5. Punishment Park (Peter Watkins)

-worst films

1. The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper)

2. The Devils (Ken Russell)

3. Nicholas and Alexandra (Franklin J. Schaffner)

Sally Banes a regular contributor to these pages

-best non-restaurant meals:

1. Exotic juice stand in Randolph St. IC Station. Guava, carrot, mango, etc. I took my mother there last time she was in town.

2. Spanish supermart just south of the Parthenon in Greektown. Pinatas, a cow's head in the meat counter, true confessions in Spanish, great desserts, especially the cakes. A very funky place.

3. Italian Ice stand, just west of Circle campus on Polk. All different sizes from 5 cents to $1. Sometimes with lemon rind.

4. Morry's. 55th just east of the IC tracks. The owner is hard of hearing so there's an element of suspense while you wait for your order, but you can be sure it will be plentiful, good, and inexpensive.

5. Conte deSavoia, Roosevelt and Jefferson. Great for making your own conglomeration sandwiches with everything imaginable, then Italian nougats for dessert.

Larry Lujack WLS Superjock

-Biggest teenie-bop hypes:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. (for all five) Grand Funk Railroad concert this year, last year, next year, or any other year.

Jack Hafferkamp a regular contributor to these pages

a tie

-all the girls dancing in the wings (warmly) at the Grateful Dead Concert.

-Chicago's own Cinnamon trying to convince an Andy Frain usher that she belonged backstage with Three Dog Night at the Amphitheater.

-worst performance of the year:

hands down to Grand Stunk Railroad.

-best lp

Happy and in Love by the Shirelles

-most disappointing lp:

a tie Primal Scream by John Lennon, Ram by Paul McCartney

-worst rock stations

a tie. WDAI, WBBM-FM, WLS, WCFL (With recent firings at GLD, that station is making an early bid for next year's award).

-best wool-pulling job

Mary Clayton's five turn-away crowd night's at The Quiet Knight.

-most interesting performance of the year:

Dan Hicks ordering a beer at The Quiet Knight and pouring it over a woman in the audience.

-most disoriented behind-the-scenes music pr man

obviously Blind Al Rosenfeld

-tall dark and handsome pop star of the year:

Steve Goodman

-special good-taste-is-timeless award:

To the jacket design for Bloodrock USA lp. (It features a male-member shaped bullet crashing through the back of a green haired man's head, with bright red blood spurting everywhere. Delicious.)

Morgan Tell former Program Director at WGLD

-most important recording artists:

1. Rod Steward

2. Van Morrison

3. Joni Mitchell

4. Jefferson Airplane

5. Cat Stevens

-most boring (ho-hum award):

1. John Lennon

2. Paul McCartney

3. Chicago

4. Moody Blues

5. Ike & Tina Turner

-important newcomers

1. Carly Simon

2. Shawn Phillips

3. Roberta Flack

4. John McLaughlin

5. Cheech & Chong

-Chicago joys:

1. Siegel-Schwall

2. Bonnie Koloc

3. Steve Goodman

4. John Prine

5. Wilderness Road

-most enduring

Miles Davis

Don Rose Editor, Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices

-most outrageous public acts

1. Field Newspapers endorsement of Richard J. Daley.

2. Re-slating of Hanrahan

3. Capitulation of Paul Simon.

4. Election of former SDS member Christopher Cohen (46th Ward) to the city council, with the endorsement of the Daley Machine.

5. Anti-machine gubernatorial candidate Daniel Walker's endorsement of Daley machine candidate Marilou Hedlund (48th Ward) for city council.

Stuart Brent bookseller

-best books of 1971

1. T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland: A Facsimile Transcript of the Original Drafts, including the Annotations of Ezra Pound. (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich)

2. Robert Nathan, The Elixir. (Knopf). The most beautiful novel I've read in twenty-five years.

3. John Updike, Rabbit Redux. (Knopf)

4. Norman Feder (ed.), American Indian Art. (Abrams)

5. Philip E. Slater, The Pursuit of Loneliness: American Culture at the Breaking Point. (Beacon) More important than the essays of Mannheim or Webster.

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