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 #2

Afrika Bambaataa


Jack said...

Was it difficult to pick an image for Bam? He's got so many great ones.

Tom Sutpen said...

Oddly enough, it was difficult, and not because there was a slew of them from which to choose. In fact, I had a hard time finding any (at least from that period). Hip Hop websites aren't very good with images, and they tend to linger on the more enduring acts, which is a shame because there were a lot of fine Old School Rap artists from the early 80s who seem to have fallen into total oblivion.