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

Mop Tops in Action #34

John is presented with a Guitar


estiv said...

The Gibson J-160E that he used for the rest of his career as a Beatle, and that appeared on many of their recordings.

Timmy said...

"Take this Brother, may it serve you well."

Fred said...

George doesn't look particularly thrilled with his. I guess he traded his in for the Gretsch or the Rickenbacker.

Vanwall said...

Not quite Excalibur plucked from The Lady of the Lake. It was a keeper, tho.

Gary Field said...

The date of the photo is September 10, 1962.
Lennon's Gibson was used throughout the 'Please Please Me' sessions, Harrison only seemed to use his for tv appearances. John's jumbo was stolen during the '63 Christmas show at Finsbury Park Astoria Theatre,London. However, John and George had gotten their identical guitars mixed up,so it was the one registered to George that disappeared.