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

When Legends Gather #795


Keith Moon and Iggy Pop

Artists in Action #795


James Brown approves

The Heretofore Unmentioned #177


Bobby Keys

Studying One's Craft #17


Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

and then it was ephemera #76

Poster distributed by the Federation of Conservative Students 
(the official Conservative Party student organisation) in Britain during the early 1980's.

Remember this when Britain's current Conservative Prime Minister
is called upon to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Watts! #25

Artists in Action #794

Greta Garbo plays a Ukulele

Seminal Image #1095

The Savage Eye
(Ben Maddow, Sidney Meyers, Joseph Strick; 1960)

They Were Collaborators #832

The Stone Roses

This Week's Hopper #32

Night Shadows (1921)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #176


Giorgio Moroder

Seminal Image #1094

 
Der müde Tod
(The Weary Death)
(Fritz Lang; 1921)

When Legends Gather #794

Jean Cocteau and Marlene Dietrich

The Art of Jazz #140

Ascension
(John Coltrane)
(Impulse! Records; 1966)

Orpheus in Action #31

Orpheus recovers (kinda)

The Heretofore Unmentioned #175

Pablo Casals

Artists in Action #793


Michael aims

adventures in the national pastime #20


Babe Ruth knocked out after running into a concrete wall (1924) He didn't miss a game.

Pickers #18


Mike Bloomfield

And Then It Was Ephemera #76

Great Con Artists of the 20th Century #41

Prince Monolulu

Women of the Stage #15

Melissa St. John

Movie Directors and the Means of Production #28

Movie Director: Andy Warhol
Means: Camera, Non-Actors
Production: San Diego Surf (1968)

A is for Arbus #71

Movie Theater Lobby (1958)

The Art of Cinema #556

Hollywood or Bust
(Frank Tashlin; 1956)

Artists in Action #792

Patti Smith graduates

The Lost Highway #1

Troy Hess

Sex Education #193

Edy Williams

Twilight of the Dreamboats #74

The Art of Pop #73

Steve & Eydie at the Movies
(Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme)
(Columbia Records; 1963)

The Gunslinger Guide to Billie Holiday #5

Before and After #313: James Stewart

Before

After

When Legends Gather #793


On bass: Steven McDonald, Kim Gordon, Gene Simmons, Mike Watt, Kira Roessler

Soul Stirrers #28
People Who Died #58

Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland (January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013),
also known as Bobby "Blue" Bland
Daily Telegraph Obit here

Radio Free Gunslinger #48: Palpitating in the Shadows


Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is Joan Crawford

It is entitled Palpitating in the Shadows

The Content

First Sequence:
Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy
Apples in Stereo - Tidal Wave
The Minders - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Fablefactory - Broken Arms
The Olivia Tremor Control - California Demise, Pt. 3

Second Sequence:
Of Montreal - Neat Little Domestic Life
Ladybug Transistor - Meadowbrook Arch
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't - I Am Instead
The Sunshine Fix - Mr. Summer Day
The Sixth Great Lake - Everything is White

Third Sequence:
The Essex Green - Orchardton
Elf Power - Will My Feet Still Carry Me Home?
Dances With Wolves - Somewhere Else
Circulatory System - Yesterday's World
The Gerbils - Grin

Fourth Sequence:
Dressy Bessy - All the Right Reasons
Beulah - Silverado Days
Bablicon - Chunks of Syrup Amidst Plain Yogurt
Ulysses - Glacier
Marbles - Grant Me the Day

Summation:
Jeff Mangum - Oh, Comely (live)

annals of public performance #65


Bobby "Blue" Bland pities the fool

The Frame Within the Frame #69


Thelonious Monk

And Then It Was Ephemera #75

Viceroys, Prophets and Hillbilly Cats #10

Ersel Hickey

Mop Tops in Action #90

John gabs

The Art of Jazz #139

Bossa Nova, USA
(The Dave Brubeck Quartet)
(Columbia Records; 1963)

And Then It Was Ephemera #74

Before and After #312: Sidney Lumet

Before

After

The Gunslinger Guide to John Coltrane #2

I Like the Christian Life! #21

The Art of Cinema #555

Ceiling Zero
(Howard Hawks; 1936)

Artifacts #39

The Hope Diamond

The Golden Age of Prurience #80