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 #21

The Clash
Joe Strummer croons another soft ballad as The Clash play a small cafe somewhere in, I'm assuming, the South of France.

12 comments :

Gwyllm said...

Truly, an amazing unit. Joe, we miss ya.

richat said...

Yup, the only band that mattered!

Greg said...

And is it just me or does Mick Jones look an awful lot like Ben Stiller here?

Testify said...

Sighs... I refer you to my Artists in Action no. 125 and retreat.

Zoe said...

"And is it just me or does Mick Jones look an awful lot like Ben Stiller here?"
haha yes, he does and paul simonon doesn't really look like himself either.

Unmann-Wittering said...

Paul Simonon isn't in the picture, unless he's taken up the drums for the night.

Fred said...

Paul looks a lot like Topper Headon to these eyes.

bloke in blue said...

I think Mick just looks better than usual in this photo. Not saying that Ben Stiller is good looking though.

The drummer is Terry Chimes.

Zoe said...

lol my bad i meant topper,

Nick said...

It's, left to right, Jones, Chimes, and Strummer, no Simonon. Topper was gone by then.

Billy said...

too many drums for a "punk" combo

Zoe said...

well that would be why he doesn't look like topper. lol thanks