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

Hierophants of Hip Hop #1


Grandmaster Flash

7 comments :

Cinebeats said...

Fabulous photo and I like the new category.

susan said...

Perfect choice for #1.

Testify said...

I like the new category too.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks all! I've been wanting to do a Hip Hop-related series for a long time (the early years of it were probably the last gasp of anything like a true folk culture in this country), and I figured the best way to start it is . . . to start it.

mike said...

always hated the fact that he screwed up the career of the brilliant band liquid liquid, or rather more accurately his record sugar hill label did. heres a video of the great 'cavern' which sounds very like...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4gsoppRmuE

Testify said...

Y'know I've always maintained that Hip Hop, certainly in its earliest incarnation, was America's most recent flowering of the blues impulse.

Jack said...

Always loved the blog, and am highly looking forward to this new category. Truly excellent starting point.