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 #276

Bill Haley and Elvis Presley

Guest Contributor: David Manning


Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks for posting this,
I'm an Elvis maniac and I don't think I have ever seen this particular shot.

Mark Clark said...

Great shot... Taken on Bill Haley and the Comets German tour in 1958. The Comets performance at the Berlin Sportspalast that year sparked a riot. Bill Haley was the first American rock and roll artist to perform in Europe and the first performer to put a rock and roll song on the national pop charts with his composition "Crazy Man Crazy" in 1953. Sadly, Elvis never performed in Britain or Europe due to Colonel Tom Parker's fear of being deported back to his native Holland.