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

They Were Collaborators #69


Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

5 comments :

huskermould said...

Has the Johnny Cash Show been released on DVD? I'd love to see Neil Young's performance of 'Needle And The Damage Done'

Brent McKee said...

I'd love to see it but if the rights issues are as tangeled as they are for WKRP in Cincinatti I can'timagine it would be possible to put a show like The Johnny Cash Show on the market ... legally.

swac said...

Thank heaven for bootleggers...I have a Johnny Cash Show compilation tape that has Dylan, Young, Joni, the Monkees *and* Creedence. Not bad quality neither (I think it came from a legit Japanese release of the material).

Richard Gibson said...

Nice!

Have you guys heard the Madison Square Garden Johnny Cash CD that was released a couple of years ago? It's from December 1970 and he mentions the TV show and how June is with the family...
I see Merle Haggard was also a guest and this ran for 58 episodes.

Did you guys ever see 'Johnny Cash in San Quentin' - I think it was made for UK TV (Granada) and starts with some mythical stuff at the start about the wild west...

I think I may have seen clips from The Johnny Cash show at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Also Glen Campbell's Goodtime Hour, which I see had Bobbie Gentry in 3 episodes and was written by Steve Martin and Carl Reiner (according to IMDB).

swac said...

I've got that Madison Sq. CD, it's pretty amazing. Especially when it includes all aspects of the Johnny Cash live experience, like the Statlers and Carl Perkins. And the fact that June wasn't around doesn't hurt either.

As for the San Quentin show, I'm dyin' to see it. The back of the LP shows images from it, and mentions it's a Granada production. That was recently reissued on CD at almost twice the LP length, and it's a big improvement on what used to be a shadow of the Folsom Prison concert.

As for the Glen Campbell show, it was a summer replacement for, and was produced by, The Smothers Brothers, and had a lot of the same writers. One of the U.S. country music networks was showing reruns of that a year or so ago, but I didn't get it up here, sadly.