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

Before and After #168: Marianne Faithfull

Before


After

8 comments :

Mark G. said...

After what? Photoshop?

erik hogstrom said...

Call me crazy, but I prefer "after" in this case.

Odds&Sods said...

Andrew Oldham, the Rolling Stone's manager, said of Ms. Faitfull "She's an angel with big tits".......amen......

Fred said...

What's your game now? Can anybody play?

Campaspe said...

One of my musical idols, although her life is nobody's role model. Saw her in NY some years back in a show with Darlene Love and Merry Clayton and it was just about the most memorable musical evening of my life.

Last I read she was fighting breast cancer. Sending my best healing vibes to the fabulous Marianne.

WZJN said...

I have to agree with the above poster - I think she still looks regal later in life. Can I say 'hot' also?

Richard Gibson said...

I'm a big Marianne Faithfull fan. I too saw her live, some years ago at The Barbican; she had all the young dudes like Will Oldham make guest appearances. I think I've mentioned it here before but she brought out a 'pop' record and a 'folk' record on the same day.

Pop http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/marianne_faithfull/marianne_faithfull/

Folk http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/marianne_faithfull/come_my_way/

I’m pretty sure I know the location of the pub in which she is sat for ‘Come My Way’.

I also have ‘North Country Maid’ and ‘Loveinamist’, the later I had great difficulty finding. It has a great cover of her wearing an Elvis tie.

Tommy O'C said...

She entered a maelstrom and lived to tell. Kudos all the way, Marianne.