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

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The Leather Boys
(Sidney J. Furie; 1964)


Testify said...

Watched this for the first time last week. What an odd film it is. But then thats british biker flicks for you...anyone for Psychomania?

Richard Gibson said...

I agree with you Testify, slightly strange. I'm going to try to do it is a Real Location series, the Ace Cafe is more or less in the same place, bizarrely it's the road that has moved.

Psychomania - Beryl Reid?

Jon said...

The Leather Boys was shown infrequently, and never before midnight. I watched on TV when I was teenager in the '60's. My friends and I would organize late night parties, (including lies to parents as to why we were out so late) so that we could watch it. It was really daring, not just for it's vague homosexuality, but for it's portrayal of a working class subculture. That kind of stuff just didn't show up on TV back then. I finally bought a copy on DVD, just this year. It seems pretty tame, with the "working class realism" laid on too thick to be credible, but what a treat to see it again.

swac said...

Glad you found a copy! Makes a good double feature with the Oliver Reed/Hammer nuclear nightmare These Are the Damned.

Vanwall said...

When I once read a description that it was about "bikers", I was thinking choppers and road chix; instead, when I did finally see it, it was nothing like I imagined - gay guys and Triumphs? Another cheesy "Wild One"? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? But then I just took it as offered, and it was actually fascinating as it showed a different view of a segment of British society not normally seen over here. It was a little hokie in spots, but it must've been a bit of a scandal back in the day.

Nice idea, Stephen, that would be a pair to draw to for repressive thoughts. "These are the Damned" secretive experiments aspects look more realistic in hindsight than they first appears, I'm thinkin'.