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

Broadcasters #85

The on-air staff of BBC Radio One, circa 1967.


Tod Brody said...

Gosh, all white guy in the front row looks vaguely ethnic, but other than that. Today's BBC seems to have at least as many women as men, and exotic accents from all over the world (at least on the World Service). Progress?

swac said...

Hey, but at least they were dapper. Well, except for that Peel fellow.

Wellwynder said...

The guy who looks vaguely ethnic is Mike Raven, who was as English as the rest of them (except Terry Wogan, who's Irish) although he did play mostly black music. His blues show was one of the highlights of BBC radio in the late 1960s.

Spiracle said...

Back row: Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Young, Kenny Everett, Duncan Johnson (who was Canadian), Robin Scott, David Ryder, Dave Cash, Pete Brady, David Symonds

Middle row: Bob Holness, Terry Wogan, Barry Alldis, Mike Lennox, Keith Skues, Chris Denning, Johnny Moran, Pete Myers

Front row: Pete Murray, Ed Stewart, Pete Drummond, Mike Raven, Mike Ahern, John Peel.

Blackburn, Wogan, Stewart & Skues I know are still with us. Not too sure of the rest.

swac said...

Speaking as one who is ethnically Canadian, I appreciate your diligence, Spiracle!

Richard Gibson said...

They are all on the steps of All Souls Church, literally next door to Broadcasting House, which is a wonderful Art-Deco building and one of London's finest. All Souls is the prettiest sight on that end of Regent Street.

Wellwynder said...

Gosh, yes! That is indeed Bob Holness, middle left - the man who didn't play the sax break on 'Baker Street'.