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

Before and After #193: Jean Shrimpton



Joints #21

Ben Frank's

The Art of Jazz #101

The Clown
(Charles Mingus)
(Atlantic Records; 1957)

Seminal Image #959

Ganga Bruta
(Humberto Mauro; 1933)

B is for Beaton #27

Pablo Picasso

Shutterbug Friday #2:
England Swings . . . Kurt Hutton is There!

Among those artists who joined the exodus out of Germany once it became clear that the National Socialists weren't kidding was the soon-to-be eminent photojournalist Kurt Hutton. In 1938 he signed on to the staff of Picture Post, Britain's answer to the American weeklies Life and Look. Here is a sampling of his work, focused exclusively on life in Britain, such as it was, from the late 1930s to the mid 1950s.

Ellie Greenwich Dead at 68

Sad news this morning (UK time) that Ellie Greenwich has passed away.

Los Angeles Times obituary here.

The Cool Hall of Fame #176

Alan Price

Twilight of the Dreamboats #17

Daytona Beach, FL (1953)

Marilyn in Action #30

Marilyn investigates

This Week's Weegee #66

Seminal Image #958

Monterey Pop
(D.A. Pennebaker; 1968)

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Dead at 77

"And may it be said of us, both in dark passages and in bright days, in the words of Tennyson that my brothers quoted and loved, and that have special meaning for me now:

'I am a part of all that I have met
Tho much is taken, much abides
That which we are, we are --
One equal temper of heroic hearts
Strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.'

For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end.

For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

In the Studio #35

John Entwistle and Pete Townshend

When Legends Gather #544

Marlene Dietrich, John Huston and Tallulah Bankhead

C is for Cunningham #28

Rose Mandel (1948)

Friends and Family #63

Original Caption:

New Orleans -- Carlos Marcello, his son Joe, and one of Marcello's attorneys leave federal court after Carlos testified before U.S. Commissioned Fritz Windhorst on charges that he slugged an FBI Agent at New Orleans Airport. Marcello was arrested in New York along with other syndicate figures in a raid in Queens. (1966)

The Art of the Gig #23

Seminal Image #957

Mod lyset
(Towards the Light)
(Forest Holger-Madsen; 1919)

Artists in Action #518

William Eggleston looks for the inner life of his times

The Fair: Peace Through Understanding #6

Original Caption:

Flushing -- This isn't the latest scene from a horror movie, but Janice Zupan of Detroit shows appropriate fright nevertheless at the General Motors building in the World's Fair site in Flushing, New York. The press previewed the enormous GM Futurama exhibit, and one of the segments was an animated octopus being probed under seas. Janice was an added attraction to this unusual feature. (1964)

They Were an Item #84

O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown

The Art of War #57

Artists on Artists #3

The Art of Jazz #100

Benny Golson and the Philadelphians
(United Artists Records; 1958)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #90

Kitty Kelley