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 #181:
John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)

Before


After

10 comments :

Christopher said...

'Oxton 'orror!..Thats what I calls 'im Mr. 'Olmes..

Julie said...

LOVE the black and white. But "after" what? Age? It happens to the best of us, sadly...

-vt- said...

However he looks like, a genius.

swac said...

"Did you ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

Kreisler said...

What does he do now - sell marge?

Tommy O'C said...

The man who gave "Sid Vicious" his name and encouraged his dark side. Not that Sid was a lotta laughs. Or needed much encouragement.

But "after" what?A train wreck?

IchMagSieNicht said...

Drop Dead Fred's forgotten brother.

Mark said...

After winning a case on Judge Judy After raking in filthy lucre on a reunion tour?

swac said...

The man does have a public image to look after, even if it is rather limited.

IchMagSieNicht said...

snerk swac!