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

Artists in Action #687


Salvador Dali leans to the far left for Philippe Halsman

When Legends Gather #703


Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle & Roman Polanski

When Legends Gather #702


Marlene Dietrich and Amelia Earhart

'Round-the-world thanks to our pal, Pal Shazar, for this image.

Glamour Jungle! #31

Mop Tops in Action #72


Paul smuggles a baby in his jacket

The Art of Cinema #528


The Tunnel of Love
(Gene Kelly; 1957)

The Cool Hall of Fame #231


Patti Smith

Before and After #280: Peter Cushing

Before


After

When Legends Gather #701


Carol Channing, Poly Styrene & Jackie Collins

And Then It Was Ephemera #24


Anthony Perkins at leisure

Before and After #279: Eartha Kitt

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After

Pur-fect

In the Studio #97


Jimi Hendrix - with Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox

They Were Collaborators #765


Arthur Miller and Helen Mirren

In the Studio #96


The Anita Kerr Singers

The Art of Jazz #132


Together
(Philly Joe Jones & Elvin Jones)
(Atlantic Records; 1964)

Artists in Action #686


Groucho Marx looks up

Before and After #278: Lillian Gish

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After

They Were Collaborators #764

Kermit the Frog and Vincent Price are ready to suck some blood...

They Were Collaborators #763

Jane Fonda, Otto Preminger &  Michael Caine (Hurry Sundown, 1967) 

They Were an Item #139
They Were Collaborators #762


John Ono Lennon & Yoko Ono Lennon

Son of a Preacherman #9
Vietnam - Dramatis Personae #18
The Heretofore Unmentioned #146


George McGovern

Radio Free Gunslinger #21: The Deputy



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'The Deputy,' is Eric Bentley.

Illustration: David Cairns, proprietor and author of Shadowplay

The Content

First Sequence:
Lea Nixon - Off to Find a New Land
Donovan - The Entertaining of a Shy Girl
Anthony Phillips - God, if I Saw Her Now
Chad & Jeremy - Sister Marie
Candelight - That's What I Want

Second Sequence:
Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies - Beautiful Texas
Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys - Cowboy's Swing
The Light Crust Doughboys - Sittin' on Top of the World
Cliff Bruner & His Texas Wanderers - One Sweet Letter from You
Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys - Tennessee Waltz

Third Sequence:
Noël Coward - Matelot (live)
Ray Conniff, His Orchestra & Chorus - I'll See You Again
Pet Shop Boys - Sail Away
Paul McCartney - A Room With a View
Elaine Stritch - Why Do the Wrong People Travel?

Fourth Sequence:
The Bandicoots - Queensland Drover
Moira Lawry - The Wind in the Willows
Barry Hickey & Marian Brown - School Days End
George Cockram - Aye Fond Kiss
The Moreton Bay Bushwackers - Brisbane Ladies

Summation:
Nat King Cole - Mr. Cole Won't Rock & Roll (live)

Before and After #277: John Wayne

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After

Things that Scared Me as a Child #5


The cover of the first Black Sabbath album (1970)

When Legends Gather #700


Rick Rubin, Roy Orbison & Glenn Danzig

In the Studio #95


Recording "Beano" (John Mayall - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton)

When Legends Gather #699


Coffin Joe (José Mojica Marins) & Christopher Lee

Before and After #276: Sylvia Plath

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After

Happy Birthday Sylvia Plath

I do not want much of a present, anyway, this year.
After all I am alive only by accident.
-- Sylvia Plath, from “A Birthday Present”

Frames Within the Frame #54
It Was the Beat Generation #5


William Burroughs & Antony Balach, Towers Open Fire 1963

And Then It Was Ephemera #23


A third-party candidate emerges

It Was the Beat Generation #4: WSB






NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs, 1959 1st printing

And Then It Was Ephemera #22


After Fritz the Cat...
"Coonskin encountered extreme controversy before its original theatrical release when the Congress of Racial Equality strongly criticized the content as being racist, although none of the group's members had seen the film."

The Frame Within the Frame #53


Zabriskie Point
(Michelangelo Antonioni; 1970)

When Legends Gather #698


Cole Porter and Marilyn Monroe

They Were Collaborators #761


Jean-Luc Godard and Raoul Coutard

Before and After #275: William Holden

Before


After

Artists in Action #685


Otto Preminger puts out a want ad.

Fun in the Sun #6

Buster Keaton

The Art of Cinema #527


Dementia 13 (UK title: The Haunted and the Hunted), 1963
Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola (his first mainstream, "legitimate" film), produced by Roger Corman.  A memorable duo!

Seminal Image #1047


Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse
(The Testament of Dr. Mabuse)
(Fritz Lang; 1933)

Mop Tops in Action #71


Paul bites his thumb-nail

When Legends Gather #697


Jerry Lewis and Maurice Chevalier