The Explanation
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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

Marilyn Chambers dies at 56



Former soap box model and one-time Barbra Streisand co-star Marilyn Chambers has died of as-yet unknown causes, at the too early age of 56.

Read the AP obit here.

12 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

You beat me to it.

Think about it. Marilyn Chambers passes, and Phil Spector is going to the can.

A strange day in American culture.

swac said...

Hmm...maybe J.D. Salinger will do something newsworthy.

Marshall P. Smith said...

And the day isn't over yet.

Gwyllm said...

She was 63. Not 56. So much disinformation...

Tom Sutpen said...

Every news account has her age at 56. Unless you can establish your bona fides as an authority on Marilyn Chambers' true age, I'm afraid we can't accept your characterization of this as 'disinformation'.

Nice try, though.

mister muleboy said...

I'm really laid low by this news.

Being a tender 49, I was twelve and precocious when Deep Throat and BtGD [and to a lesser extent the Devil in Miss Jones] entered the mainstream consciousness, and the mainstream news -- and I was smitten. I didn't have many peers in 1972 and 1973 who followed "porn stars" -- no such term existed -- but I followed the news of Ms. Chambers's exploits closely. Her flirtation with the mainstream in Cronenberg's Rabid was hard to find in suburban theaters, and very difficult to find on the 1977 Google, but I kept up as best I could.

With the publicity surrounding her return to big-budget adult movies in Insatiable, I went down to a meet'n greet at a Washington D.C. porno house. It wasn't the Gayety, a venerable movie house that had fallen on [hee hee] hard times. But it was a large, legit theater that was one of the last to experiment with the 1970s trick of running adult movies as fare for moviegoers rather than strictly a dark room with no holds barred.

Ms. Chambers was radiant, but had no line of people looking for autographs. I timidly brought up Rabid and a rumour that she was writing music for pron flicks; I proudly discussed my "musical accomplishments (a weathered twenty-year-old has a lot, you know)," and she started babbling about recording a song that appeared in her movie, and how I had to go back in and listen to it during the next screening. We talked for about fifteen minutes; then something changed, a line formed, and she became a starlet.

My autographed "To Scott, all my love and hot kisses, Marilyn" 8x10 was proudly displayed for years in every office in which I worked; she was the only adult performer who could get the understanding "oh, yeah -- the Ivory Snow girl!" response.

Um, maybe this was too much detail . . . .

swac said...

Thanks for sharing Mr. M! Great story. I have a copy of her Roulette Records single Benihana (which might be the tune you're thinking of, I believe it came out around the same time as Insatiable...1977 or so), I'll try and make it a Singles Going Steady entry in the not-too-distant future.

Marshall P. Smith said...

She was 56!

Timmy said...

Simply shocking... Very hard to swallow.

Richard Gibson said...

I had to double-take, looking a lot like Julie Christie on the soap suds box.

Yeah, I only know of her via 'Rabid'.

Stephen, please do post a tune when you can. That would be great. Thanks!

swac said...

The only song I can think of at the moment is The Daring Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze...

Marshall P. Smith said...

I wonder.

Does anyone know who was the baby on the box?

That'd be a great trivia question!