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

An Illustrated History of American Labor #15


Original Caption:

Cleveland -- As mounted police arrive on the scene to prevent trouble arising from a 3,000 man picket line, an unidentified striker tries to shield himself from the Park Drop Forge Co., Cleveland, Ohio, where CIO United Auto Workers Union members managed to prevent most non-strikers from entering the plant. (1954)

3 comments :

Gerard Saylor said...

Great photo. I had to search to find the rest of that guy spotting his trousers

Jonathan Walker said...

Amazing image! Is there a photographer credit?

Timmy said...

This was actually the initial attempt to squelsh(sp?) the petition for that damned rock + roll hall of fame.