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

The Heretofore Unmentioned #95


Chester Arthur Burnett (aka Howlin' Wolf)

7 comments :

jim eikner said...

Smokestack Lightning with Willie Dixon and Hubert Sumlin...

Mz. Louise Brooks said...

Can anyone discern whether that's an Ampeg amp behind him?

Thanks.

Professor Batty said...

It's a Silvertone 1484 amp, low cost alternative to a Fender or the even more expensive Ampegs...

estiv said...

Mz. Brooks, I'm not sure. I was thinking mid-60s Silvertone, a brand that in spite (or perhaps because) of its department-store origins was surprisingly popular -- Ray Manzarek for example said that it was an underrated brand. But there are some serious gearheads around here who will probably know precisely.

Timmy said...

If yu watch "The Howlin' Wolf Story", which is what I believe this "still" was taken from, you can prolly get a better shot of the amps. Hell, come on over, I'll screen it for ya!

swac said...

Looks a lot like this Silvertone.

Where's Jack White when you need him?

John said...

I've seen a documentary that had pieces of this session included in it. Off camera was Son House, drunk and giving Wolf a hard time. Wolf is not amused.