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 #31


Keith Moon

8 comments :

estiv said...

"I always tell people that with me--or Ozzy, or Iggy, or John Lydon, or whoever--only about 40 percent of what you hear about us is true. With Keith, everything you've heard about him is true! And you've only heard 10 per cent of the reality!"

Alice Cooper, in Uncut magazine, August 2008

R.H. said...

I'm Australia's Keith Moon.

(It'll get worse)

H. P. L. said...

Moonie.. the greatest drummer in rock history...

Fred said...

Is it just me, or does Keith look like Wile E. Coyote just after he realizes he's gone off a cliff?

Tom Sutpen said...

If I didn't know better, I would guess that Wile E. got that over-the-edge look from him, as Moon went over many a cliff in his days, God bless him.

R.H.

You may be the Aussie Moonie, but at least you don't have the likes of Ringo and Harry Nilsson egging you on.

Ann O'Dyne said...

never mind the antics ... what a truly GREAT Rock-Drummer he was.

R.H. said...

Yes Tom, well I don't know how provoking Ringo and Nilsson could be but some of these Aussie bloggers on my case would be hard to beat.

swac said...

It's true...my girlfriend's from Perth, and whoa nellie.