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 #524


Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix

8 comments :

Christopher said...

theres a Reaper behind 'em

Maureen said...

Is that a Budweiser?

estiv said...

Down at Monterey. Jimi's there for what will prove to be his breakthrough appearance at Monterey Pop, and his friend Brian will introduce him onstage.

Is that a Budweiser?Sure looks like one. Which just proves that Brian Jones was so dedicated to getting fucked up that he'd even resort to American beer for the purpose.

Steve_W said...

The good old days before aluminum cans... Back then, American beer was all there was, in America!

Marshall P. Smith said...

Steel beer cans!Back then to crush one by hand was a macho show of strength. In some circumstances it could provoke a fight.

Ah, to be young again.

swac said...

At least in Canada you could occasionally get a nice glass of draft Bass.

Emerson Marks said...

Fantastic pic. Poor old Brian.

swac said...

I was fortunate enough to get to know Denny Doherty a little bit, and had some great stories about Monterey. His description of listening to Hendrix and Townshend jam backstage is the memory of his that stands out most in my mind.