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 #320

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The Walker Brothers, photographed shortly after their arrival from California, during winter in London.

4 comments :

swac said...

Looks like the same park as the Village Green Preservation Society cover photo shoot...Hampstead Heath, I think?

Tom Sutpen said...

Also bears a distinct resemblence to wherever The Rolling Stones shot the cover of Between the Buttons.

Crimeny!

Richard Gibson said...

The Kinks - VGPS - I only have a CD of that, one of my favourite albums of the 60's for sure. I have no idea where that would have been taken. It always conjures up, for me those North London villages that are on the Middlesex/Hertfordshire border.

Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons, probably my favourite of their 60's LP's and yes, I think that was Hampstead Heath and I think this shot of the Walker Brothers is Hampstead too.

swac said...

Funny, on Sunday I found a strange DVD of '60s music clips at a local grocery store, and one of them was a promo film of the Walkers doing The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, the first time I'd actually seen all three of them on film together. Scott lipsynchs, looking like he'd rather be somewhere else...