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 #36

Sylvie Vartan on Stage at the Olympia Hall, Paris, France, 1968.


dlwilson26 said...

Great photo. I lived in France from 1970 to 1972. Never really "got" French pop music, but Sylvie Vartan was always a standout.

Different question: I've got access to tons of photos of old burlesque and movie theaters from Paterson, NJ from the archives of the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey. They would fit in nicely on your blog. How would I send them to you?

Greg said...

Are they digitized or actual photos? Either way, Tom's the one to send them to so I'll let him answer this. Thanks!