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

Annals of Crime #33

Original Caption:

Skirting the Law

New York -- Narcotics squad detective Edward Egan shows the grass skirt he wore early March 29 to gain access to the apartment of rock 'n' roll singer Jimmy (Baby Face) Lewis, who allegedly was in business peddling narcotics to other entertainers. Egan, along with three other detectives playing harmonicas, rang Lewis' doorbell and asked for an audition. Once inside, they produced a search warrant. The ensuing search uncovered four ounces of heroin, an ounce of cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, and various weapons. Lewis was arrested on charges of possession of narcotics and a concealed weapons law violation (1963)


Kid Douche said...

I somehow found this site and WOW! I'm in cinema poster/dead celebrity photo heaven!

Keep up the good work and you're officially on my blog list (please hold your applause).

swac said...

Thanks K.D.!

Mac said...

Did the search warrant cover any goings-on in Poughkeepsie?

Brent McKee said...

Edward Egan" As in "The French Connection"? That Eddie Egan?

Vanwall said...

Yeah, I seem to remember something about this in magazine article about Egan.

Tom Sutpen said...

That is the same Eddie Egan of 'French Connection' story and song; though he was notorious before that case, as this photo suggests, mainly for busting musicians and the like all over New York (not too different from LAPD Sgt. John O'Grady) and getting repeated mentions in Winchell's column.

Few realize that Egan was actually immortalized on the screen prior to 1971, as the bone-crushing narc played by Emile Meyer in Sweet Smell of Success. Would've been interesting to see Meyer star in The French Connection, but I doubt if he coulda handled the running scenes.

swac said...

I wonder if he was involved in busting Lenny Bruce (his parter Randy Jurgenson was, at any rate)?

Oddly enough, Jurgenson was also involved in the Bag Murders case that inspired Friedkin's Cruising.

rookgaroo said...

Baby Face must have been high on his own inventory to agree to audition four grass skirted harmonica players in the first place.