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

Sex Education #81

Natalie Wood

Ancient Voices #18

Josh White

Seminal Image #673

Within Our Gates
(Oscar Micheaux; 1920)

Ben Shahn's American Life #7

Bowery (1936)

Artists in Action #208

Louis Armstrong wonders what's up with the cat sitting to his left

They Were Collaborators #321

Anthony Quinn and Anna Karina

(immense thanks to Kimberly Lindbergs of Cinebeats for this image!)

The Cool Hall of Fame #82

Ella Fitzgerald

Seminal Image #672

(Edgar G. Ulmer; 1945)

Artists in Action #207

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Scott Walker performs 'Rosary' from 'Tilt' on BBC2's Later with Jools Holland in 1995.

When Legends Gather #258

Eleanor Roosevelt and Frank Sinatra (holding an FDR action figure)

Seminal Image #671

La Nuit fantastique
(Fantastic Night)
(Marcel L'Herbier; 1942)

Artists in Action #206

Sophia Loren gets ogled by some lucky kid

Before and After #66:
James Joyce



Friends and Family #7

Meyer Lansky gets pinched for vagrancy . . . of all things

Voices #2

Paul Frees

The Art of Cinema #229

Ruggles of Red Gap
(Leo McCarey; 1935)

Artists in Action #205

R. Buckminster Fuller sits down and looks up

(big time thanks to Jeff Duncanson for this image!)

Seminal Image #670

Le Silence de la mer
(The Silence of the Sea)
(Jean-Pierre Melville; 1949)

The Friends of Milt Hinton #1

Mona Hinton, Ike Quebec, Doc Cheatham, Mario Bauza and Shad Collins, on tour in Alabama in 1949.

Artists in Action #204

Edith Piaf waits for the next round.

El Cine del Oro #34

El Santo Contras las Mujeres Vampiro (Santo Vs. the Vampire Women)
(Alfonso Coronoa Blake; 1962)

Renaissance Roundup #1

Portrait of a Man with an Apple
(Raffaello Sanzi; 1504)

Artists in Action #203

F. Scott Fitzgerald doesn't write

The Art of American Fantasy #12

Seminal Image #669

(John Schlesinger; 1965)

When Legends Gather #257

Peter Orlovsky, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs
(photo by Allen Ginsberg)

(thanks and thanks again to Hannah for this image)

They Were Collaborators #320

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The Walker Brothers, photographed shortly after their arrival from California, during winter in London.

From the Southern Travellers Handbook for 1965/66 #4

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For the Southern [region], meeting this demand requires a total of 7,000 trains a day running 60,000,000 miles a year. More than a quarter of these trains run in the two short peak periods of each day. A bird's eye view of the south east in the rush hour would show a fascinating picture of green streaks seperated by less than a mile all moving, as if drawn by a magnet, towards the centre.
Between 08.10 and 08.20 no fewer than 37 trains every minute are converging on London, most of them running on a two-minute gap between trains and their timetables worked out to the second - 20 seconds is, in fact, the waiting time allowed at most stations.

Art of Cinema #227

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Belle de Jour
(Luis Buñuel; 1967)

Seminal Image #668

Riding Shotgun
(Andre De Toth; 1954)

They Were Collaborators #319

Director Tod Browning and the cast of Freaks.

Artists in Action # 202

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Scott Walker performs his version of Jacques Brel's 'Jackie' on The Frankie Howerd Show in 1968.

Art of Cinema # 226

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Dédée d'Anvers
(Yves Allégret; 1948)

Through the Lens of Cyril Arapoff #10

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The picked hops were collected in a large sack attached beneath a wooden tripod which held the mouth of the sack open

Art of the London Underground # 22

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By Fred Taylor; 1908

From the Sketch Book of Lawson Wood # 17

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The power of the dog

Seminal Image #667

Hannie Caulder
(Burt Kennedy; 1971)

(copious thanks to Nate Bundy for this image!)

G is for Gedney #9

Summer Stock: Person sitting down in light backstage (1955)

The Cool Hall of Fame #81

Charley Chase

When Legends Gather #256

Tiny Tim and Jackie Gleason

Seminal Image #666

The Devil and Daniel Webster
(William Dieterle; 1941)

Relevant Quote #90

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An interview with The Walker Brothers signals potential differences.

Gary Walker: "Pop backwards spells MONEY."

John Walker: "Pop backwards spells POP."

Scott Walker: "I'm in it [the pop music business] for different things. I'm really not in it for the money, I don't care about money, which sounds ridiculous but actually I don't.
I'm in it from a strictly creative point of view. If I can do records and...erm...produce records, write music...".

Artists in Action #201

Sam Cooke records.

From the Southern Travellers Handbook for 1965/66 #3

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Hard as it must be for the rush-hour commuter, jammed in the corridor, to believe it but he is not even a particularly profitable customer. The reason is that satisfying the needs of hundreds of thousands of commuters simultaneously means providing carriages, track and staff that either stand idle or are under used for the rest of the day.

Collect 'Em All #31

Richard Dix
No. 16 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
"Christened Ernest Carlton Brimmer, Richard Dix was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 18th, 1894. His father wished him to become a doctor, like his brother, but Richard, upon graduating from college, decided upon a stage career. He scored a success, and then turned his attention to films, his first being Not Guilty. He was a popular star in silent pictures, and his popularity has not been diminished by the talkies. Among his recent successes are Ace of Aces, Day of Reckoning, Stingaree and His Greatest Gamble. He has been married twice, his second wife being Virginia Webster, his former Secretary."

Seminal Image # 665

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(The Spy)
(Fritz Lang; 1928)

They Were Collaborators # 318

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The parents of Charlotte Gainsbourg

The Cool Hall of Fame # 80

Lee Hazlewood

Artists in Action #200

Joan Crawford guzzles Pepsi with fellow members of the cast of Trog