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

When Legends Gather #685


 
 Muhammad Ali and the Beatles, 1964.

5 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

Mop Tops out of action.

estiv said...

Sorry to be pedantic, but wasn't this when he was still Cassius Clay?

moremiles said...

name changed to Ali in Feb 26 1964

estiv said...

Okay, I'm being pedantic, but this pic was taken about two weeks earlier. What does it matter? It doesn't much, but it's weird to see the details of the past gradually blur.

moremiles said...

No, you are absolutely correct. History certainly has been rewritten. It's just that to anyone that grew up in that period Cassius Clay no longer existed. Only Ali survived.