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 #25

The Mop Tops leap into the air for publicity purposes . . . again.


estiv said...

Do you think they rehearsed with each one doing a different pose, so it would make a more interesting pic?

Peter Nellhaus said...

It's been a hard day's flight.

Christopher said...

ok noooow..hold for a picture!
Why didn't they do fotos like this for the boys in 1969 or 70? :o))

estiv said...

Tom, I can't find an e-mail address for you, so am using this means (and this particular post) to pass a little something on. A year or so ago you posted a photo of the Beatles at a performance, and someone identified it as Paris 1965. For what it's worth, this YouTube clip looks to be from that same show:
Look for the piano that shows up at about the 1:30 mark.

Tom Sutpen said...


Indeed it is. Thanks!

If you want to get in touch with me, drop a line at, and I'll send you my main email address.