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 Art of Jazz #89


New Orleans Jazz Festival
(Turk Murphy)
(Columbia Records; 1956)

Before and After #172: Harris Glenn Milstead (aka Divine)

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The Art of Cinema #375


Hysteria
(Freddie Francis; 1965)

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #2


Janis Martin

G is for Gedney #21


Two men crossing a street towards a movie theater (1966)

Welcome to Show Business! #21


Original Caption:

Reconciled?

Los Angeles -- Filmdom's Stevenson supporters got a pleasant surprise last night when Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, reported separated, appeared together for the first time in more than a week, at a mammoth rally for Gov. Adlai Stevenson at the Palladium. They have apparently patched up their domestic difficulities. Sinatra sang, 'When You're Smiling', and Miss Gardner introduced "my husband" to the rally audience as "a wonderful, wonderful man." (1955)

American Dance Orchestras of the 1920s #17


Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra

This Week's Munch #14


Women on the Beach (1898)

Seminal Image #911


We Were Strangers
(John Huston; 1949)

The Art of Jazz #88


Destination . . . Out!
(Jackie McLean)
(Blue Note Records; 1964)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #59


Walter Gropius

The Art of Songwriting #21


Me-ow Song
(Music: Mel B. Kaufman; Lyrics: Harry D. Kerr)
(Sam Fox Publishing Co.; 1919)

They Were an Item #68


Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

The Art of the Centerfold #47


Kai Brendlinger (Miss November, 1964)

Before and After #171: Miles Dewey Davis III

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The Art of Travel #22

Poets are both clean and warm
And most are far above the norm
Whether here or on the roam
Have a poet in every home! #41


Alexander Pope

Men of the West #33


Randolph Scott

P is for Pulp #33


Speakeasy Stories
(August-September, 1931)

Jesters of the Empire #21


Joyce Grenfell

Jazz Messengers #2


Curly Russell

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #74


Tricky relives his glory days on the gridiron (1950)

C is for Cunningham #25


Three Heads, Four Hands (1964)

Life During Wartime #2


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South Vietnam Governor Visits Film Studio.

Los Angeles -- Colonel Thao, Governor of the Province of Kienhoa, South Vietnam, is shown above with his wife while visiting actress Sandra Dee on the set of 'Tammy and the Doctor' at Universal Studios. Colonel Thao, a leader in South Vietnam's war against the Communists, is touring the United States as a guest of the State Department and next week will be in Washington D.C. for a conference with President Kennedy. (1962)

They Were Collaborators #549


Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster

The Heretofore Unmentioned #58


Matthew Sweet

Nuns Gone Wild! #11


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Little Rock -- Sister Monica, OSB, of the Holy Souls School in Arkansas races some of her students on a sled shortly after 5 inches of snow fell on Little Rock. (1962)

The New Yorkers #9


Bess Myerson

Welcome to Show Business! #20


Original Caption:

Not Casting.

New York -- Rod Serling, Academy Award winner, author and TV producer, checks out a reptile he has assembled from a hobby kit - not to star in a TV script, but because he enjoyed making it. As chairman of National Hobby Month, he is an advocate of constructive, self-involving hobbies for everyone, whether it's assembling scale model kits, flying model plans, racing model cars, or doing any of hundreds of crafts. The month of April has been designated as National Hobby Month, sponsored by the Hobby Association of America, in a Congressional Resolution proposed by Senator Jacob Javits of New York. (1975)

Artists in Action #486


Ernest Hemingway attracts Pigeons

The Art of Cinema #374


War Hunt
(Denis Sanders; 1962)

They Were an Item #67


Patricia Neal and Roald Dahl

Miniseries #12
The Undead of Dreamland
Episode One: Academy Noir

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Singles Going Steady #1


Ivan - Real Wild Child b/w Oh You Beautiful Doll
(Coral 9-62017; 1958)


"Ivan" was in fact a nom de tune for the Crickets' Jerry Allison (his middle name) and this single was issued in August, 1958 as a rock and roll novelty, with very few hints in its publicity that he was also Buddy Holly's drummer. Allison first heard the song when the Crickets were touring Australia, recorded by Down Under singing star Johnny O'Keefe, and when Coral agreed to let Holly produce this version, Allison decided he "was going to try and sing it like James Cagney, but that didn't work." As for the B-side, it sounds like Allison was channeling the 13th Floor Elevators' electric jug sound nearly a decade early.

The single was recorded in the summer of 1958 in Clovis with Holly and the Crickets (including bassist Joe Mauldin), Bo Clarke on drums and singing group The Roses on backing vocals. Producer Norman Petty plays wine glasses on the flip. Enjoy!

And if anyone has a copy of Ivan's lone follow-up single, Frankie Frankenstein, please let me know.

When Legends Gather #505


Charles Chaplin prepares to trade witticisms with George Bernard Shaw over dinner.

The Art of War #50
The Art of Labour #15

They Were Collaborators #548


The Martin Denny Band

A Is For Arbus #52


Beaufort County, South Carolina
(June, 1968)

Collect 'Em All #59


Margaret Sullavan
No. 44 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Only Yesterday brought to the films a new star--Margaret Sullavan. The daughter of a broker, she was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on May 16th, 1911. On leaving school, she attended a theatre school, and then became a member of some University Players in Cape Cod. Her parents, however, objected to her going on the stage and she returned home. Nevertheless, her desire for a theatrical career was too strong--and she won their consent. After touring with stock companies, she was seen in New York by a Universal "scout" on the look-out for new talent. Her second film is Little Man, What Now?