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

They Were Collaborators #506


Big Star, in Alex Chilton's living room; 1971.

3 comments :

swac said...

Great image of one of my favourite bands!

Chris Bell era too. Nice.

Testify said...

Presumably the gold disc on the wall is for Chilton's work with The Box Top's.
Great pic, wonder who took it? Eggleston was a friend of Chilton's family (Indeed Eggleston can be heard playing the piano on the version of Nature Boy included on the CD of Big Star's Third)

swac said...

Here's some footage shot around the same time!