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 #64

Phil Ochs listens to his guitar.


swac said...

Phew, for a second there I thought it was Bono.

Anonymous said...

great pic--what year was that from?

Tom Sutpen said...

I believe it's from about 1966-67, but don't quote me on that.

Any Ochs obsessives out there can better place this photo, now's the time to sally forth.

swac said...

It's no later that 1967...I think I'd see more hippies in the crowd if it was.

But I'd wager it's after the Elektra days.