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

Broadcasters #25

Alan Freed


huskermould said...

Why is Dick Clarke not mentioned more in the demise of Alan Freed?

SomeNYGuy said...

Because history is written (and rewritten) by the winners. I'll bet there are reams of dirt on Clark that will never see the light of day.

Stacia said...

I suspect some will see the light of day in a decade or so. There's always hints that Clark was deeply involved in the scandal, so you know there's something to it.

swac said...

Well, for one thing, Clark owned the publishing for a lot of the songs he was promoting, but that's probably just the tip of the iceberg.