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

Davy Jones Dead at 66


Davy Jones.

Rolling Stone has a selection of photographs of Jones throughout the years.

Before and After #253: Jonathan Frid

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Seminal Image #1030

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Signore Carunchio (Giancarlo Giannini) teaching lessons in Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto (Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August; Lina Wertmüller, 1974)

The Cool Hall of Fame #214

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Debbie Harry

The Art of Cinema #488

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Steelyard Blues (Alan Myerson, 1973)

The Cool Hall Of Fame #213


Heinz Drache

Girls of the Golden West #6


Ida Lupino in Lust for Gold (S. Sylvan Simon; 1949)

Seminal Image #1029

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Gert Fröbe and Sean Connery in Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964). “Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?” “No, Mr. Bond! I expect you to die!

The Cool Hall of Fame #212


Theodore Mann

The Art of Cinema #487


Kelly's Heroes
(Brian G. Hutton, 1970)

The Art of Baseball #6
The Art of Cinema #486

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Safe at Home! (Walter Doniger, 1962)

When Legends Gather #641
The Gunslinger Guide to Julie Christie #40
The Gunslinger Guide to Catherine Deneuve #13


Julie Christie and Catherine Deneuve check out Ursula Andress's purse. You had to be there.

They Were an Item #124


Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

L Is for Lange #12


Funeral Cortege, End of an Era in a Small Valley Town, California (1938)

The Art of Cinema #485

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-30- (Starring, produced and directed by Jack Webb, 1959)

When Legends Gather #640


Judy Garland and husband, Sid Luft, pose with Frank Sinatra after viewing his performance as a narcotic-addict hero in The Man With The Golden Arm.

When Legends Gather #639

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Salvador Dali and Raquel Welch

The Art of the Panel: EC #21
Comics artist John Severin dies at 90


from Dien Bien Phu
(by John Putnam and John Severin)
(Two Fisted Tales #40; Dec. 1954-Jan. 1955)

Obit for the EC, Marvel and Cracked great here.

Adventures in the National Pastime #15


Leo Durocher, then-bench-coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers of Los Angeles, gives a tryout to an aspiring power hitter (Herman the Rookie, original broadcast April 8, 1965).

When Legends Gather #638


Martin Scorsese gets emphatic with Michael Powell.

Sex Education #164


Carol Cleveland

Signs and Meaning in Cinema #54



Signs and Meaning: Frank Sinatra makes a hasty escape from an inside joke in The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Ben Gazzarra dead at 81

Ben Gazzara

New York Times obituary here.

The Gunslinger Guide to Natalie Wood #22


Natalie settles for silver.

The Friends of Flagg #6


Booth Tarkington

"I once called him the foremost novelist of his time -- this was at one of the Dutch Treat luncheons at Keene's in the early days when I was the Czar of the Club. Rupert Hughes indignantly replied, 'There can't be any one foremost novelist!' Very few people knew that Tark wanted to be an artist. In my portfolio I have a couple of his drawings, and they are terrible! Very good thing he learned to do something he should do. In his last years, I understand, he became a collector of 'art'! I only hope he could still see well enough to know what he was buying."

Treading the Boards #48


Julie Harris (Josefa Lantenay), William Shatner (Paul Sevigne) and Walter Matthau (Benjamin Beaurevers) star in A Shot in the Dark (a.k.a. L'Idiote) at Broadway's Booth Theatre in 1961.

The Art of Cinema #484

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Zachariah (George Englund, 1971)

The Golden Age of the Anti-Masterpiece #5

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Invasion of the Star Creatures (Bruno VeSota, 1962)

It Was The Beat Generation #1


The Fugs plus Allen Ginsberg Santa Monica Civic 1967
The Fugs, first underground rock band of the 1960s with beat poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg

The Cool Hall of Fame #211


Marlon Brando

The Frame Within the Frame #40


The Las Vegas Story
(Robert Stevenson; 1952)

Mop Tops in Action #50


The Mop Tops prepare to cross the road.

The Art of War #65


Destroy This Mad Brute
(H.R. Hopps; ca. 1917)

The Art of Animation #4

Ограбление по-итальянски (Robbery: The Italian Job)  From the 1978 four part Soviet film Ograblenie po… (The Robbery Like…) by Yefim Gamburg.  The Italian Job parodies colorful Italian mafia, the characters are based on Marcelo Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. Fantastico!

Art of the Double Feature #4

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Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (Robert Gaffney, 1965) ~PLUS!~ Curse of the Voodoo (aka Voodoo Blood Death; Lindsay Shonteff, 1965). The former stars future Pathmark spokesmodel James Karen; the latter stars Bryant Haliday, co-founder of both Janus Films and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Before and After (redux) #252: Buster Keaton

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They Were Collaborators #708


Diahann Carroll, Richard Rodgers and Richard Kiley in 1962

The Art of Animation #3

The Fuccons aka OH! Mikey: Mikey And Milk
In this bizarre Japanese TV show the fashionably hip Fuccons are played by mannequins with perpetually frozen facial expressions, like the mannequins in the French photographer Bernard Faucon’s pictures.

People Who Died #52


Rory Storm

Treading the Boards #47


Mary Martin (Nellie Forbush) and Myron McCormick (Luther Billis) in South Pacific, 1949

The Golden Age of the Anti-Masterpiece #4


Princess Marcuzan and the aptly named Dr. Nadir hatch a cunning plan in Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (Robert Gaffney, 1965)

The Art of Cinema #483
(Super Bowl Sunday Edition)

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Charlton Heston grunts, groans and grits his teeth through the role of fictional New Orleans Saints QB Ron ‘Cat’ Catlan in Number One (Tom Gries, 1969)

Artists in Action #646

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Michel Legrand smokes and points

They Were Collaborators #707

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Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, circa 1974

The First Person You See #11

Jack McGowran, asleep at the wheel, in Cul-de-sac (d. Roman Polanski; 1966)

Politicians in Action #63


Original Caption:
(June 03, 1954) Tennessee Senator Albert Gore Sr. and his son Al Gore Jr., the latter holding his new bow and arrow, in their room at Washington's Fairfax Hotel.

They Were Collaborators #706
Treading the Boards #46

The creative forces behind Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet (1953).

[l to r (standing): George Abbott (direction), Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics), Robert Alton (choreography) and Jo Mielziner (set design) l to r (seated): Joan McCracken (Betty Loraine), Ray Walston (Mac), Mark Dawson (Bob), Isabel Bigley (Jeanie), Bill Hayes (Larry), Irene Sharaff (costumes) and Jackie Kelk (Herbie)]

The Art of Cinema #482

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Proctor & Bergman’s J-Men Forever (Richard Patterson, 1979)

The Art of the Panel: Robert Crumb #6


Underground Comix
(Snatch #3, December 1976)

People Who Died #51


Don Cornelius (1936-2012)

. . . and in parting from this vale of tears, we here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . wish you Love, Peace and Soul.