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

Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

Dennis Hopper

A pictoral obituary, a link to The Guardian's 'Dennis Hopper a life in pictures'

BBC obituary here.

13 comments :

Gwyllm said...

Now there was a life....

Mr. Sable said...

Oh, that's terrible. He was always so awesome.

Fred said...

"We blew it, man" ~ Billy the Kid

No you didn't Dennis. Thanks for all the great films, performances, art and memories. You will be missed.

Lango Aurelian said...

Great photo "memento mori" ... Captures the essence of his repertoire at its apex. I'll always remember him tripping on acid in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1......." Easy Rider" is his Psychedelic Epitaph. Freaks love New Orleans and New Orleans loves Freaks.

Robert Fiore said...

Today's drinking game: Every time a broadcast obituary uses "Ballad of Easy Rider" . . .

Fernando said...

I'll be drinking the rest of the PBR I've got in the fridge in memory of the man who played Frank Booth in 'Blue Velvet.'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snhiofL2Rh4

buythenumbers said...

From www.imdb.com ::
'' The memorable third act line from Wyatt, "You know Billy, we blew it" would bedevil critics as they hounded both actors for the meaning of the line for the next forty years. Nevertheless the film was nominated for an Academy Award for the script and neither men ever essentially divulged what that line truly meant . . .''
He starred in 2 of 3 James Dean's movies . . .
He was in 202 movies . . .
He hated actor John Wayne; Purposely, gave him a hard time . . .
A very good method~actor . . .
He just celebrated his last birthday, 2 weeks ago . . .
. . . & divorced his wife, then too ( from complaints about her from his kids !! ) . . .
I loved his work in John Dahl's noir-western RED ROCK WEST ('93) and Tony Scott's TRUE ROMANCE ('93) . . .
Born in Dodge City, Kansas . . .

Christopher said...

after years in cheap butchered bargain bin formats,Mad Dog Morgan,one of my fave neglected Hopper performances,finally is out in a done right dvd in the US..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzfwI9fhA3I

Vanwall said...

My son and I lifted a pair of French 75s in salute to The Great Subversive last night, in Musso & Frank's.

Lango Aurelian said...

Vanwell and son............ BRAVO ! Bravo, Indeed !!!!!! French 75's............ fitting and potent, pious offerings to his memory.

mar said...

:(
Just found out now with your post...

marietta said...

Es ist aber auch sein Gesichtsausdruck,der betroffen macht.Er,der einstige Abenteurer,Künstler u. Poet. Fast wie mit einem Weichzeichner weich,spiegelt sich in seinem Gesicht die Angst und die Gewissheit des Unvermeidlichem.RIP,marietta.

designtest said...

So quiet on this one...