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

They Were Collaborators #622


Andy Warhol and Lou Reed

8 comments :

Bob DuCharme said...

And Clive Davis?

goomba said...

Nice lid, Lou.

fairlyoldguy said...

Good ol' Lou Reed. He was at Syracuse Univ. in the early sixties. His band was called LA & The Eldoradoes and played several of our fraternity parties. Later, of course, I saw The Exploding Plastic Inevitable - The Velvet Underground & Nico, with Gerard Malanga and Mary Woronov dancing onstage, with the Cassen-Stern light show projected over Warhol films - at The Balloon Farm on St. Mark's Place. I feel old!

Robert Fiore said...

Only in the 1970s would someone as cool as Lou Reed where a hat like that.

I saw Mary Woronov in Century City a year or two ago. Going to see her lawyer, I guessed.

Fred said...

From the looks of it, Andy can't bear to look at Lou's hat. I guess he couldn't convince him that the silver wig was a much cooler (and timeless) lid to wear.

bobthedog said...

Clive is probably saying, "hey Lou, it's you and this young guy Manilow I want to sign to my new Arista label. Would you mind doing a duet with him? We could call you The New Yorkers. I think that song of yours called 'Perfect Day' would be just right; Barry's good with the ballads."

MrsHenryWindleVale said...

In the immortal words of Daffy Duck, "Pee-YEW, what a ri-DIC-ulous *chapeau*"

Thanks for this.

Mr. Finch said...

Lou is invoking the Element of Water with his hand over the glass while the Magus Davis observes carefully. Looking at Warhol's waistline we observe machinery indicating that this is a robot stand-in for Mr. Warhola - not that anyone could tell the difference.