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

The Art of Cinema #335


Privilege
(Peter Watkins; 1967)

10 comments :

R.H. said...

And Mick Jagger?

Tom Sutpen said...

No. Jagger's nowhere to be found in Privilege (one of his pouts and the movie would have headed south and never returned).

You might, perhaps, be thinking about Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg's Performance?

He's in that one.

Jordanna said...
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swac said...

So glad this is finally available through legal channels (after going through three different bootlegs).

I've also got three different versions of the soundtrack...Patti Smith's favourite film!

Richard Gibson said...

Patti Smith's favourite film?! I'd never heard that.

R.H. said...

Thanks Tom, Performance is what I meant. I heard about the movie but never saw it.

swac said...

She does a cover of Set Me Free from the film on her album Easter, and she's talked about it in interviews.

Richard Gibson said...

Wow, it never clicked. I have her LP and I have the Paul Jones EP (I never bought the LP when I had the chance!) but I'm not familiar with the EP, I think I've only played it once and I only saw the film last week...

swac said...

The weird thing is, there are variants between the versions of the songs on the EP and the LP (both Parlophone/Capitol) and another Paul Jones album titled Privilege which appeared on the Uni label in the States and features imagery from the film on the cover. Different vocal takes, different tempos and so on.

swac said...

Also, Canadian band Sloan did a music video for the song She Says What She Means based on Privilege. Unfortunately, I can't find a copy of it online anywhere.