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

Annals of Public Performance #1


Joan Baez, Mimi Farina and Judy Collins at the Newport Folk Festival, 1967.

7 comments :

Wellwynder said...

It all looks very chummy there, but according to David Hadju's Positively Main Street, Joanie used to "do a cruel impersonation of Collins (distorting her features like a stroke victim)."

Greg said...

Well they are on opposite ends.

racerx said...

Is Joan still a communist ?

Christopher said...

lol..Joan does look a bit like a naughty girl down at the end..They have to be seperated boss!

Fred said...

Did the folks snobs give them shit for putting flowers in their hair, or were they just happy they didn't break out a bunch of Gibsons and Fenders and crank them up to 11?

H. P. L. said...

Awesome image!

Vanwall said...

Mimi was awesome.