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

But Did You Read the Book? #4

The Man Who Fell to Earth adapted for the screen in 1976


swac said...

Okay, you're not going to believe this, but as I was scrolling down, I was listening to an album by Canadian musician Jon Samuel (from the band Wintersleep) that includes a song called The Man Who Fell to Earth. Unfortunately, I wasn't on that particular song at the time my eyes hit this image, but it's close enough for the weird coincidence category.

Too bad it isn't one of the tunes that he's streaming for free at

RayRay said...

Can anyone identify the piece of music used in the Roeg film, the scene of Buck Henry's lover falling from the window with his barbell, seguing to the shot of Bernie Casey lifting Claudia Jennings out of the swimming pool?

Also: is the version edited for US release in the 70s available on DVD?

swac said...

As far as I know, the edited version only showed up on VHS.