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

Annals of Public Performance #48

Love at the Whisky (1966)

And Then It Was Ephemera #31

Blues royalty

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #12

Jimi picks fruit

Artists in Action #710

Cab Calloway and Ivie Anderson

Behind the Scenes #9

Beach Boys

The Gunslinger Guide to Natalie Wood #26

They Were Collaborators #773

Bernard Herrmann and William Dieterle

The Art of Cinema #530

The Bride of Frankenstein
(James Whale; 1935)

They Were an Item #143

Jane Birkin and John Barry

The Cool Hall of Fame #235

James Stewart

Behind the Scenes #8


When Legends Gather #725

John Wayne and Gary Cooper enjoying a vacation in Mexico

Artists in Action #709

Elvis, in court, stares down a man that he got into a fight with the night before (1956)

Behind the Scenes #7.1

Ricou Browning

Mop Tops in Action #76

Before Paul was a vegetarian

Broadcasters #96

Paul Harvey

B is for Beaton #34

Lady Diana Cooper

When Legends Gather #724

Muddy Waters and Michael Bloomfield

Mop Tops in Action #75

John takes a sip

Once Upon a Time in the Italian West #2

La Strada per Forte Alamo
(The Road to Fort Alamo)
(Mario Bava; 1964)

Marilyn in Action #70

Marilyn lifts

Annals of Public Performance #47

Bow Wow Wow

In the Studio #101

Little Richard

Artists in Action #708

James Dean gets trashy with some female admirers

Heroes of American Literature #25

William S. Burroughs

Marilyn in Action #69

Marilyn balances

Seminal Image #1052

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
(F.W. Murnau; 1927)

Artists in Action #707

Brandon De Wilde plays a guitar.

In the Studio #100

Lena Horne

When Legends Gather #723

Catherine Deneuve and Robert DeNiro

The Heretofore Unmentioned #151

Charlie Feathers

Artists in Action #706

Jimi in Rome

The Art of American Fantasy #55

The Gunslinger Guide to Miles Davis #13

Sex Education #180

Raquel Welch

The Voice: Scenes from a Life #4

The Voice tucks in.

And Then It Was Ephemera #30

The Art of the Panel: Peanuts #1

I need help!

Studying One's Craft #11

Boris Karloff

Radio Free Gunslinger #25: Collection!

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Collection!,' is Bing Crosby

The Content

First Sequence:
Thelma Carpenter - Diga Diga Do
Putney Dandridge - I'm in the Mood for Love
The Hot Club of Cowtown - Exactly Like You (live)
Lew Stone & The Monseigneur Band (Al Bowly, voc.) - You Couldn't Be Cuter
Sammy Davis, Jr. - The Rhythm of Life

Second Sequence:
The Shiner Hobo Band - Snow Flower Polka
Ray Baca & His Orchestra - Hayseed Polka
Adolph Hofner - Beautiful America
Henry Tannenberger & His Orchestra - On Our Porch Polka
Leroy Rybak's Swinging Orchestra - El Rancho Grande

Third Sequence:
Barbara Mandrell - Playin' Around with Love
Cliff Richard - The Minute You're Gone
Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Psycho
George Jones & Tammy Wynette - My Elusive Dreams

Fourth Sequence:
Toña la Negre - El Cacahuatero
Los Jardineros - Jala la cadena
Ástor Piazzolla y su Orquesta Típica - Se fue sin decirme adiós
Sacasas – Rumba Negra
Estudiantina Jorge Anez - Pelasverdes-Bambuco

Nancy Andrews, Chris Warfield & Chorus - Scene Three: Mission
(from 'The Cradle Will Rock' by Marc Blitzstein)

Heroes of American Literature #24

Hunter S. Thompson

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #11

Brian Jones rides shotgun

Annals of Public Performance #46

Black Flag

Behind the Scenes #6

Fortunately, Sir Anthony Hopkins is not a method actor

Artists in Action #705

Ella Fitzgerald after being arrested for shooting dice (1955)

They Were Collaborators #772

Johnny Carson and James Brown

Artists in Action #704

John Entwistle and Keith Moon

Heroes of American Literature #23

H.P. Lovecraft

When Legends Gather #722

Groucho Marx and George Carlin

Studying One's Craft #10

Jake and Elwood from Muddy and Johnny