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 Cool Hall of Fame #180

Ken Russell


michaelE said...

"The Devils" rocked & "Tommy" didn't...

Kreisler said...

So uncool it hurts. Ken Russell found his natural avatar in Oliver Reed - bumptious, weirdly camp twats. Put Keith Moon in with them as well come to think of it.

Tom Sutpen said...


Ken Russell uncool??

(if I didn't know any better, I'd think this was Paddy Chayefsky checking in)

Give 'Elgar', 'The Music Lovers', 'Women in Love', 'Mahler' and 'The Boy Friend' a look-see . . . then tell me Ken Russell isn't cool.

I dareya.

David Wise said...

Not to mention his magnificent biographical films for the BBC.

The man is the coolest of the cool.

Steven Augustine said...

I think what Kreisler is saying is that he (Kreisler) is from the UK (or doing a spot-on imitation).

Kreisler said...

London calling - Ken Russell is not cool, trust me