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

When Legends Gather #523


Pat Boone, Sal Mineo and Bobby Darin find their way to the stage.

18 comments :

Christopher said...

anyone bring Milk money?"

Vanwall said...

3 bowls of Vanilla puddin'

Tommy O'C said...

3 bowls of Vanilla puddin'Sal Mineo was Italian-American from the Bronx, as was Bobby Darin. Nothin' Vanilla about them.

Max Allan Collins said...

Are you kidding? Sal Mineo and Bobby Darin "Vanilla puddin'"?

Have you ever heard Walden Robert Cassoto sing? Do you know how Mineo died?

Tom Sutpen said...

Everyone's heard Darin sing; more than twice.

As for Mineo, he got shanked on the street by an unknown assailant, did he not? Or are you suggesting it was a Pasolini-style setup (a theory I've heard at least one time).

Christopher said...

milk..I'm going by the suits and ties..pretty cool picture actually..groovy line up a fellas

swac said...

According to the L.A. Times, "Mineo's killer, 19-year-old pizza deliveryman Lionel Ray Williams, was convicted of second-degree murder, as well as 10 robberies in the neighborhood, and sentenced to 51 years in prison." Another story says prison guards later overheard him confessing to the crime, and that he had no idea who Mineo was, although I don't know how much faith to put in that factoid.

Max Allan Collins said...

My post simply intended to suggest I get weary seeing "funny comments" demean the subjects of these wonderful images.

The undercurrent of this site seems to me to celebrate popular culture, not to make snarky fun of the past.

"Vanilla puddin'" for two ethnic guys like Darin and Mineo is ridiculous. And Pat Boone served his purpose -- he was a path to rock 'n' roll for whitebread America, even if the Hall of Fame likes to ignore a guy who sold records head-to-head with Elvis.

Darin is, of course, a wonder -- a guy who could do it all, and did.

Tom Sutpen said...

Max:

I appreciate your comment here; and while I'll agree there's a celebratory aspect to a lot of what's posted in this blog, "snarky fun" is not inconsistent with that (other words, it's not inherently demeaning, or demeaning most of the time; at least from my viewpoint).

Celebrate? Yes. Revere? Nah.

Vanwall said...

This wasn't meant as snarky or demeaning, altho jumping to conclusions in your interpretation is your own affair. It was entirely complimentary, AFAIC - I ran across this term in the early 70's when I was once told by a woman there were two kinds of men for dessert, chocolate and vanilla puddin', and she liked a bowl of each.

Max Allan Collins said...

Understood.

As long it's smart "snarky fun," and not smug ignorance.

Anyway, it's a wonderful site.

Vanwall said...

I only poke fun with intelligent smugness.

dougputhoff said...

Pat Boone had a program on "The Music of Your Life." He was actually quite funny. If he only STFU about his opposition to gay marriage.

swac said...

Max,

As someone familiar with your work over the years, I'd like to say it's a real treat to see your name pop up in the comments here. Don't let the smartasses (myself included) get you down!

Feel free to set the record straight whenever you see fit!

*s*

Tommy O'C said...

...altho jumping to conclusions in your interpretation is your own affair.Actually, to call something vanilla has been the opposite of a compliment for quite some time.

Here are some variations on the slang definition of vanilla that would give validity to Max's "interpretation" (including one that is wildly opposite to the woman's definition).

From Urban Dictionary:

1. vanilla

Unexciting, normal, conventional, boring.

2. vanilla

n. The opposite of kinky. Not in any way involved with BDSM.
He was a little more vanilla than I was used to, but we got along fine anyway.3. vanilla

1 - a type of foodstuff grown in a pod
2 - straight down the line, boring sex, with as little foreplay as possible, the kind of sex that the Catholic Church (proud sponsors of this year's Republican party) want you to have, if you have to have sex at all, and if you're married.
The sex was all right, but she's a bit vanilla for me.7. vanilla
A word used to describe someone with little inclination to do anything spontaneous or exciting, either sexually, or in general every day life. A vanilla person will not be open to try new and exciting things, instead prefferring to remain dull, innocent and safe.

And try a helping of this:

chocolate and vanilla pudding

when a gay or straight man ejaculates in another mans booty while the man thats being ejaculated on creates fecies at the same time.

dude... i totally choclolate and vanilla puddinged carson last night.frank was upset because he found out his lover chocolate and vanilla puddinged another man.
anus gay straight fecies ejaculation
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=vanilla+pudding

swac said...

Memo to self: don't invite Tommy to next dessert pot luck.

Bill Peschel said...

Gee, my first thought on seeing this was "Hello Cleveland!"

I hope they found the stage.

Still, I love these pictures. Different times, man, different times.

Tommy O'C said...

Memo to self: don't invite Tommy to next dessert pot luck.Funny you should say. Urban Dictionary's take on "pot luck" is equally appetizing. Who knew?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pot+luck