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

Artists and Animals #55


The Rolling Stones make time for a photo op with some elephants.

7 comments :

Timmy said...

Mic secretly thinks: "maybe if I had a trunk, then I wouldn't need this bloomin' elongated toungue..."

Robert Fiore said...

A bit less comfortable than the Beatles in this sort of situation, aren't they? Can't seem to figure out how to deploy the trademark dourness.

Christopher said...

cheer up mates!..Its the Circus..
:o)....(cue up chirpy song about elephants)

Fred said...

Isn't that the infamous Decca Records building behind them? Would make sense since it was their label at the time.

Tommy O'C said...

Which ones are the Stones?

Monique said...

Actually that's the Capital Records building in Hollywood. Why they should be photographed next to the home of a label they never recorded for makes this image all the more baffling.

swac said...

I'm guessing this photo was taken when the Rolling Stones appeared on Hollywood Palace, which would have been filmed across the street from the Capitol building at the venue of the same name on Vine St. That'd be the episode where Dean Martin made fun of their hair: "They don't have long hair, they have low foreheads and high eyebrows."