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

Mop Tops in Action #13


Ringo threatens to censure Paul mightily for giving expression to heretical thoughts

8 comments :

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

"Take this, brother -- may it serve you well."

Booksteve said...

Saw this in CREEM once. One of my favorite Beatles pics!

Maureen said...

Rather prophetic, everything old is new again.

Tommy O'C said...

There's also a photo of Paul grabbing John by the lapel and waving his fist at him. And the one of George holding nails that he's about to hammer in John's head. The dark side of the mop tops. :-)

Robert Fiore said...

Excuse me for using this means to communicate, but shouldn't there be a So Loathsome I Could Cry for the late Allen Klein?

Tom Sutpen said...

I honestly don't think Klein was all that loathsome. I've never bought any of that "He split The Beatles up" bidness; not about him, not even about Yoko Ono. Believe me, if the Fab Four didn't have Klein and Ono on their hands when they did, they'd have found something, someone, to use as a point of division.

You can see the malaise they were in rather starkly in 'Let It Be'; which is why the film is so depressing at times (the 3+ hours of bootlegged outtakes are even worse). These were four guys who, by 1969, had no clue who they were individually, collectively, in any sense; all they knew for certain was that, for whatever reason, they weren't going to be The Beatles (whatever that was) for very much longer.

Any rate, I don't think Klein deserves the bad rap he's gotten over the years (Yoko? That's another story).

STARTOONZ said...

,... wonder what Mick & Keef would say to that?

Gerard Saylor said...

Ringo looks to have a pretty big fist.

From what I've read of Klein he was a loathsome creature.