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 #557



Christopher said...

I remember this picture from back in the day ...But can't remember what it was connected to..album?..magazine?...Images like this used to really turn my parents against me!..

Tim Lucas said...

A highly solarized, candy-colored version of this photo was the album cover for STEPPENWOLF THE SECOND. The original pressing was scented.

Jon Rob said...

Which one Dya think is Mars Bonfire?

estiv said...

Mars Bonfire wasn't a member of the band, although he wrote "Born to be Wild." According to Wikipedia, he was the drummer's brother.

Kenmeer livermaile said...

If Mars Bonfire wasn't the organist for Steppenwolf, then all identification is void.