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 #26

Patti Smith
Patti Smith plays The Boarding House in San Francisco, 1976.

5 comments :

Mon-sewer Paul Regret said...

I'm such a fanboy! An old one, I fear ... I was at that show, and got all excited seeing this photo.

Greg said...

At that show? Wow, I would've loved to have seen Smith in her prime. Sadly, I didn't become a fan until the early to mid-eighties but to have seen her in the mid-seventies would've been quite something.

swac said...

I got to see her on Saturday Night Live, at least...

markxus25 said...

Does someone know, is that Lenny Kaye behind her?

Thanks, Mark

jacquefrost said...

Patti is always in her prime...every moment enhances the next