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

The Art of the Gig #4


Mike D said...

love this poster - surprised that the MC5 didn't get top billing though - i thought they were much more popular back in the day

Tom Sutpen said...

It was more a reflection of the venue. For a few years, The Boston Tea Party was one of the few joints in America where the Velvets were sufficiently beloved by its patrons that they could get a booking anytime they needed one (they didn't become a fixture in New York until '69).

dugg said...

now THAT'S a great night out. Wow!

Carl said...

This poster was then-Boston Tea Party manager Steve Nelson.

You can read more about the Velvets at