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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #29


Ike Turner

6 comments :

Testify said...

Mad man? Really? Not a nice man, certainly, but a mad man? I dunno, for all his many faults I can't help thinking he deserves better than that.

Tom Sutpen said...

Well the term 'madman', as it's used here, isn't meant to be pejorative (that's the 'So Loathsome I Could Cry' series), and there was slightly more to admire about Ike Turner than there was to condemn. But there are enough crazy stories about the guy that I think he squeaks by in this category.

Testify said...

Fair 'nuff.

The Tomahawk Kid said...

Yes, I was about to question this title also, but I guess the explanation given is justifiable.
Ike certainly suffered at the hands of Tinas publicity team. Ike and Tinas relationship was probably not a lot different to many back in those days except Tina had a team to tell the world about it
This pic of Ike could just as easilly fitted into the "LEGENDS" category.
Ike may not have been the nicest guy in the world, but I find it hard to believe he was the monster many make him out to be.
Besides, where would we be without his Rocket 88?

Spaghetti Hoop said...

No respect for this man. Shocked to see him here.

Spaghetti Hoop said...

Don't believe Ike Turner should be in this category at all. Plus, the bad deeds he done would surely render his good deeds insignificant?