The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Heroes of American Literature #6

Lester Bangs


swac said...

Weird...I was talking about Bangs to someone in the car today, then I find this...mostly I was talking about his essay assaying the buried sexuality of Anne Murray in that new Bangs anthology. Brilliant stuff.

Tom Sutpen said...

There's not nearly enough Lester Bangs in book form. And the guy wrote enough in his short lifetime to fill a dozen anthologies. People in the publishing industry really need to get on the stick.

Mike D said...

great photo of a beautiful spirit and inspiration for all who love music. thank you