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

They Were Collaborators #544

Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Barbara Streisand and Sidney Poitier


Tommy O'C said...

Wow. What a gathering. (Five will get you ten that Babs and Steve made music together.) I presume this was for United Artists.

Tom Sutpen said...

Actually First Artists, but the idea was similar to United Artists. The reason it failed, like Liberty Pictures, The Directors Company, California Pictures, and all other talent pooling through the decades, was its ultimate dependence upon major studios for distribution of their work. UA was the only semi-independent company to make it off the ground entirely on its own steam (though keeping the company alive the first decade or two was truly a struggle). If it hadn't, I can't imagine there would have been others in its wake.

Silver Solo said...

This photo makes an outstanding impression on me. I think it's because I see all of these characters as strong, unique individuals that each of us could identify with. Icons like this helped shape my view of what it means to be your own person. Love all your photos, this one especially.

Anne said...

omg...what a cast of strong characters