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

Artists in Action #28


After a Rhesus Monkey dies on his head, Phil Spector gets angry.

8 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

He looks crazed...

Tom Sutpen said...

Well . . . it is Phil Spector

swac said...

Who's that with him? Lou Adler?

Tom Sutpen said...

No, that's Spector's longtime bodyguard, George Brand (he appears along with Spector in Hopper's Easy Rider), who had what must have been the strangest such assignment in all of showbiz. His job was essentially to protect other people from his employer. Like if ol' Phil started waving a gun around in the studio or something, Brand's job was to move in and get his boss out of there before someone got shot.

I'm convinced that if Brand had been around in February, 2003 (he died some years back), Lana Clarkson would probably be alive today and that maniac wouldn't have to pay Bruce Cutler all those attorney's fees for trying to keep his scrawny ass out of the slammer.

Vanwall said...

Spector had stories floatin' around about his violent tendencies in the late '60s - I wondered how his people let him run loose, what were they thinking? He had the ugliest hair, too. I met Clarkson a coupla times at the ComicCon in Dago, and she was still a knockout, and funny, too. My pal even said he wondered why she dropped outta sight so precipitously.

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

I remember wondering when I read Tom Wolfe's essay on Spector in The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby how it was Wolfe caught just about everything about the guy (the insecurity, the narcissism, the true genuis) except for Spector's considerable violent streak. I have to assume that he held it in check for the duration Wolfe was covering him. It didn't prevent Spector from generating a couple of legendary anecdotes (the episode on the plane, for example), but you'd think Spector would have pointed a gun at Wolfe or something. Just for show if nothing else.

Richard Gibson said...

I've just re-read all the great comments here and also looked at the photo, the bodyguard is almost embracing Spector. Tom, I think you are right, I've heard the story of Spector with The Ramones for 'End of the Century' and guns being waved for comments about Ronnie Spector so maybe he wouldn't be on a murder charge if someone had protected him from himself.

Incedentally music fans should check out 'Phils Spectre II: another wall of soundalikes'

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B0009OBZ10.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

swac said...

And let's not forget the British Phil Spector, Joe Meek, who also crossed the line of extreme human behaviour...