Star Tracks

updated 03/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Buying a dress but not a story
No, Patty Hearst Shaw, 29, and husband Bernard, 37, didn't fly all the way to Paris just to shop for duds for daughter Gillian, nearly 2. That and an evening at Maxim's were only sidelights of a trip to promote Patty's 1982 account of the famous kidnapping, Every Secret Thing. Despite a new title, Mon Voyage en Enter (My Voyage in Hell), the book stirred the same old controversy. "Her hell," carped Le Figaro, "is paved with questions."

The key to a movie career is balance, so Paul Newman, 58, is countering his white-collar role in The Verdict with that of an aging demolition worker in his next flick, Harry & Son. Although the actor co-scripted and directs the drama, filming near Fort Lauderdale, he's not above taking advice. "I wasn't my first choice for the role—I had another actor in mind," says Newman. "But my wife talked me into it."

Chips ahoy
Bob Dylan addled folk music purists when he added electronic instruments in the mid-'60s to produce folk-rock. Now folk-rock perennial Neil Young, 37, on tour (photographed at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum) and in his current LP, Trans, is jolting mellow traditionalists by routing his voice through a modifier to produce a robotic sound. Silicon rock? "He isn't playing like a machine, but he's quite deliberately singing like one," wrote one critic. The times, evidently, are still a-changin'.

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