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

David F. Friedman dies at 87

It's still too early for a proper obit, but reliable sources say exploitation movie mogul and First Amendment champion David F. Friedman has passed away, leaving behind a legacy that includes producing the early films of Herschell Gordon Lewis and helping to lay the foundation for the grindhouse cinema circuit with titles like She Freak, Thar She Blows and The Head Mistress as well as his own Pussycat Theatres chain.

I hope they let him smoke his Havana cigars in the big balcony upstairs.


Andy 7 said...

Some of the most insane films ever released, thanks to Mr. Friedman. Check out "Bummer", as insane as a rock film can get.

Fred said...

I'm very saddened to hear this. I hung out with David Friedman at a few convensions back in the early 90s and found him to be an amazing recounteur. I have an autographed copy of A Youth in Babylon proudly displayed on my office book shelf.

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