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

When Legends Gather #274


Brian Jones, Yoko Ono, Roger Daltrey, Julian Lennon, John Lennon and Eric Clapton

Guest Contributor: Kimberly Lindbergs

6 comments :

Richard Gibson said...

By the looks of it for 'Rock and Roll Circus'?
Great image, I've never seen this before.

Stacia said...

Wow, look how young Eric Clapton was once. I don't believe it.

Tom Sutpen said...

Good point. Though this was during that period in his life when no two photographs of Clapton looked alike.

The guy was a shape-shifter in the 60s, I swear.

Jeff Duncanson said...

I think you might be right about this being for "R&R Circus", Richard. That was quite a collection of talent , no?
I believe that it was done just before "Beggar's Banquet" was released. It's fun to watch the Stones perform "Sympathy for the Devil", think of how many times they've performed it, and consider that this was probably if not the first, certainly ONE of the first times they'd played it in front of an audience.

Cinebeats said...

I'm glad you all like the image! It was shot during the rehearsals for R&R Circus in Dec. of 1968.

swac said...

And one day that little boy would go on to work with Sam Peckinpah. Go figure.