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 the Centerfold #44

Carrie Radison (Miss June, 1957)


The Hound said...

I'd be curious to know which if any of the Playboy centerfolds here were shot by Don Bronstein. He shot quite a few Playboy centerfolds in the 50's and 60's, and also shot all the great Chess album covers including such classics as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Dale Hawkins, et al. He died in the early 70's, supposedly of a heroin overdose. I know he married a Playboy bunny who has since remarried. Where are his negatives? I'd be interested in purchasing them. Breast implants really ruined pin up photography for me.

Tom Sutpen said...

Unfortunately all I have are the images, sans credits. If there's an online database of some sort where I can match centerfold-to-photographer then I'd credit them appropriately. As for Bronstein's negatives, I would imagine the rights to his Playboy work are still retained by that organization.

And Ay-men to the overarchingly negative impact of implants and other surgical procedures on the state of girlie-mag girls. Pulchritude is not what it used to be . . . and may never be again.

Matthew J. Sanderson said...

Goddammit, I could sing the praises of these old-school centerfolds all day long. It's been said a million times before, but they are so much more beautiful than the models -- nay, the women -- of today. What I wouldn't give for a time machine.

Tommy O'C said...

I totally agree. The Playmate Book is a good source for such photos and their credits. And the Playboy centerfolds of the late Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, and early Eighties were so much more natural and sexier than these air-brushed, aerobicized plastic dolls of today.

Matt Largo said...

Ah, yes. When women were women and not societally constructed aggregates of collagen, silicone and inconsistent social mores. Carrie Radison's Wikipedia page states her centerfold picture was taken by Desmond Russell, but he doesn't have his own little corner of the wiki.

wendula said...

Does anyone remember Desmond Russell ? He was my father. And an excellent fotographer. Help me create his wikipedia page.