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

An Illustrated History of Race Relations in America #13

Citizens Council of Greater New Orleans (ca.1960's)


Howdy said...

It is certainly refreshing they did not mind copying there posters without worrying about infringement. Based on life 52 years later, I don't think this ended well for the Citizen's Council. I bet they hated it when they found out Charlie Pride was black!

mister muleboy said...

"the. . . savage music of these records [is] undermining the morals of our white youth. . . ."

What a fabulous roadmap to rock-and-roll for the few kids that had missed the news.

JonCow said...

"Permission is granted to re-print this circular"

I would start by changing the spelling of "Loouisiana" to the more standard "Louisiana."

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

what mister muleboy said ... exactly that

swac said...

At least Billy Bragg got a great song title out of this.

charles said...

Used to be a copyor this poster in the entryway of THE Local blues joint in Kansas City, the Grand Emporium.. artists like Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray all made appearances