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

The Art of the Gig #48


The stuff that dreams are made of

Artifiacts #36


Original flying saucer from Plan Nine From Outer Space, (1959, Edward D. Wood Jr.)
From the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, WA.
Photo by John Chmaj.

This Week's Weegee #95
When Legends Gather #756


Arthur "Weegee" Fellig and Andy Warhol
Special thanks to Zontar.

Twilight of the Dreamboats #64

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #18


Alain Delon eats a soft-boiled egg

In the Studio #114


Nina Simone

When Legends Gather #755


Harmony Korine and Leos Carax

Artifiacts #35


Virginia Woolf's typewritten suicide note

Dreamland Destinations #11


The Brill Building
Photo by Frank Coleman; post-processing by Frank Coleman and Greg Ferrara

How to Read... with Richard Avedon! #5


Charles Laughton

Dreamland Destinations #10


The Ackermansion, with its proprietor.
CAVALIER Magazine, June, 1967. Thanks, Jeffrey Roberts.

Seminal Image #1078


The Lost Weekend
(Billy Wilder; 1945)

Civic Portraiture #40


Jimi Hendrix

G is for Gedney #34


Untitled (1972)

They Were Collaborators #800


Stanley Kubrick and William Sylvester

The Cool Hall of Fame #247


Art Tatum

Mop Tops in Action #83


John gets in touch with his feminine side

The Heretofore Unmentioned #159


Gang of Four

The Art of Cinema #543


China Gate
(Samuel Fuller; 1956)

When Legends Gather #754


Akira Kurosawa and Arnold Schwarzenegger

They Were an Item #155


Shirley Temple and John Agar

Artists in Action #756


Gary Cooper lights up

The Art of American Fantasy #60

The Best of... Huh? #17

Radio Free Gunslinger #38: Dubuque



Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Dubuque,' is James Baldwin

The Content

First Sequence:
The Dutch Jazz Orchestra - Lush Life
Billy Strayhorn - Something to Live For
Art Tatum - Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'
The Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Flower is a Lovesome Thing
Chico Hamilton - Day Dream

Second Sequence:
The Gil Evans Orchestra - Straight, No Chaser
The Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio - Ask Me Now
Fred Hersch - Evidence
Davey Graham - Blue Monk
The ICP Orchestra - Epistrophy

Third Sequence:
Ron Carter, Christian McBride & Don Byron - Solitude
Charles Mingus - Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Johnny Hodges - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Thelonious Monk - Black and Tan Fantasy
Dizzy Gillespie - Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me

Fourth Sequence:
Alexis Korner' s Blues Incorporated – Haitian Fight Song
Hal Willner - Open Letter to Duke
The String Trio of New York - Pithecanthropus Erectus
Jack Walrath - Jump Monk (live)
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - The Clown (live)

Summation:
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra - Roast

Seminal Images #1077


Pina Menichelli in Storia di una donna, directed by Eugenio Perego, 1920

Unknown Model, Unknown Year #7

Things that Scared Me as a Child #7


Snakes, all of them

Bibliomania #1

Mirage #1



Heroes of American Literature #28


Charles Bukowski

In the Studio #113


Gene Krupa (1941)

It's Only a Paper Moon #1

Unknown Model, Unknown Year #6

Behind the Scenes #25


John Coltrane, father

Artists in Action #755


The Birthday Party blow minds

The Frame Within the Frame #63


Senso
(Luchino Visconti; 1954)

Out and About with . . . Stanley Kubrick! #7


Mrs. Farrington at the Stork Club (1949)

The Gunslinger Guide to Elizabeth Taylor #9

The Heretofore Unmentioned #158


Claude Monet

They Were Collaborators #799


Michelangelo Antonioni and Jack Nicholson

Welcome to Show Business! #57


My dad, unidentified woman, Fabian, my cousin Mary, backstage 1960.

Mop Tops in Action #82


George hides

The Art of Songwriting #28


Take Your Finger Out of Your Mouth (I Want a Kiss from You)
(Music and Lyrics by Duke Yellman and Joe Schuster)
(Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co.; 1926)

The Art of the Gig #47

The Art of Cinema #542


Naughty But Nice
(Millard Webb; 1927)

When Legends Gather #753


Sammy Davis, Jr. and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Artists in Action #754


A young Iggy Pop plays the tambourine

The Gunslinger Guide to Louise Brooks #5


Louise Brooks prepares for spring.

The Extraordinary Engaging in the Ordinary #17


Vera-Ellen paddles a canoe.