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 Heretofore Unmentioned #37

Jann Wenner


Robert Fiore said...

Has David Crosby been mentioned heretofore either?

estiv said...

It took me ten years to realize what an airhead he is. (I plead youth and ignorance, your honor.) When he moved the Rolling Stone editorial offices to New York, it was clear that he was just going to follow whatever trend was going on, and that all the peace-and-love stuff was just marketing jive to him. Or maybe he believed it once. Come to think of it, so did I, once.

Tom Sutpen said...


I was about to say Crosby hadn't been mentioned and thank you for the tip, when . . .a quick check revealed that he was among those featured in 'Civic Portraiture'. Still and all, a good suggestion.


I don't know what Wenner was saying in the first years of 'Rolling Stone', but over the last 25 years or more he's made no secret of the fact that he started the magazine solely to bring himself into closer proximity with his idols (Dylan, Lennon, etc.). Some of its more principled stands, such as never accepting advertising from the US Military, were mainly a concession to some of the more left-bent staffers (not to mention a readership which assumed, as a matter of course, that the magazine's intentions were fundamentally radical). Those positions have since been tossed to the curb.

'Rolling Stone' has published a lot of great writing. A lot. But it wasn't terribly far from mainstream when it started, and it sure as hell ain't even an inch out of the mainstream now.