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

I Like the Christian Life! #9


Original Caption:

Los Angeles -- Christian demonstrators protest outside a punk rock show at the Starwood. They carry signs reading, "Jesus Saves from Hell," and one that implores, "Music is OK . . . but More Bible, Less Music!" (1980)

5 comments :

Gen. Buck Turgidson said...

I only wish I knew who was performing at that night's "Punk Rock" show . . . .

swac said...

Bad Religon?

swac said...

Uh, that is to say, Religion.

Jessica R. said...

If I hadn't read the date, I would have guessed from the protesters clothes it was the late fifties/early sixities. I'd be pissed if I was a sixteen year old girl who still had to dress like a Father Knows Best extra in 1980 too.

Robert Fiore said...

On the one hand, for the longest time the house band at the Starwood was Black Oak Arkansas. On the other hand, the Starwood isn't there anymore. So it's hard to say exactly who won this battle.