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 in Action #600


Nick Adams, Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper observe officers of the Los Angeles Police Department do their Voodoo

6 comments :

Christopher said...

dude!..what happened?

MadHatter said...

Maybe doing research for "Rebel Without a Cause"...?

hiflyer said...

Research for "Rebel without a cause"...

Peter L. Winkler said...

Great photo. Have any idea what the provenance is?

Tom Sutpen said...

The Google/Life Magazine photo archive.

And the other guesses are correct; these photos were connected with 'Rebel Without a Cause', though I think they were taken after it wrapped.

TooMuchTime said...

This is a great picture. I'd love to have this as a large print to hang on a wall. Unfortunately, you can't get it autographed.