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

Heroes of Popular Culture #28
Jim Marshall Dies at 88

Jim Marshall, founder of Marshall Amplifiers, died today at the age of 88.  Luckily, he considered the sound of Fender Amps "too clean."  The Guardian offers this obituary.


swac said...

I was going to post a picture of the first Marshall amp either in Artifacts or Instruments, but I couldn't quite narrow it down to a singular photo. The JTM-45 would be the model, but finding the right one proved elusive.

stu said...

All Marshall amps should be turned to 11 for a one minute tribute on the day of his burial

Marshall Stacks said...

we cannot say RIP, maybe Rest On Eleven and we give thanks that he was among us all.

marietta said...

Wats rather with Huey Lewis and his
wunderbarer song "Naturally"? listen !!!.