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

Artists in Action #444


Dennis Hopper decides which course to take

8 comments :

J. Herzog said...

Don't take the right wing Dennis!

Jeremy Richey said...

I recently got a copy of the documentary (I think it is called AMERICAN DREAMER) that was shot during the making of THE LAST MOVIE and I am greatly anticipating watching it. Great shot by the way...

Tom Sutpen said...

Oh, you're in for an interesting 75 minutes. Hopper doesn't come off as insanely out-of-control as so many of the horror stories surrounding The Last Movie portray him; he seems more possessed (which is perhaps a different species of insanity).

Now, why Universal is keeping The Last Movie from a DVD release is anybody's guess. If they could finally get off the stick and let Privilege go forth to work its wonder, the benefits of giving us Hopper's masterwork on DVD ought to be self-evident . . . dammit!

Ted Barron said...

This is funny, because on first glance
I thought he was on a (cell) phone - which of course would be impossible in 1971, but from our current visual vocabulary that's what it looks like.

swac said...

I just saw an ad featuring Dennis Hopper offering financial advice, with a weirdly similar background to this photo.

Mind you, it'd probably be better to follow his lead to go into art collecting than to hook up with any of those Wall St. shysters.

Lex10 said...

He voted for Obama

Tom Sutpen said...

I'd heard that, and given the number of so-called red states that went for Obama, it's a safe bet that he wasn't the only Republican to make that choice this year.

Slightly unrelated note: I'm loving these stories about how out-of-control Sarah Palin actually was during the campaign. My favorite is her last-minute determination to give the concession speech instead of Sen. McCain. I'm certain that was the moment when it occurred to McCain's inner circle that losing the election was, perhaps, not the worst thing that could have happened that night.

Her having to be told that Africa was a continent and not a country runs a close second.

Richard Gibson said...

I like this photo a lot.
Those lucky parisians have this to look forward to:

http://www.cinematheque.fr/fr/dennis-hopper/evenement-dennis-hopper2.html