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Tom Waits | On The Pogues’ Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
The Pogues, date and photographer unknown

The Pogues, date and photographer unknown

Tom Waits writes about his 20 most cherished albums in an article in The Guardian. Here is his passage about Rum, Sodomy & the Lash:

Sometimes when things are real flat, you want to hear something flat, other times you just want to project onto it, something more like…. you might want to hear the Pogues. Because they love the West. They love all those old movies. The thing about Ireland, the idea that you can get into a car and point it towards California and drive it for the next five days is like Euphoria, because in Ireland you just keep going around in circles, those tiny little roads. ‘Dirty Old Town’, ‘The Old Main Drag’. Shane has the gift. I believe him. He knows how to tell a story. They are a roaring, stumbling band. These are the dead end kids for real. Shane’s voice conveys so much. They play like soldiers on leave. The songs are epic. It’s whimsical and blasphemous, seasick and sacrilegious, wear it out and then get another one.

– Tom Waits

Tom Waits. Portobello Road, London 1976 © Michael Putland

Tom Waits. Portobello Road, London 1976 © Michael Putland

A remastered and expanded version of Rum, Sodomy & the Lash was released in 2005 and featured a poem by Tom Waits.

Their music is like
the brandy of the damned
Pogue Mahone
they are the last
pure hearts
from Dickens , Joyce,Dylan Thomas
to Christy Moore
like Red Diamonds
Pirates full of malarkey
they’re little giants
they’re Bill Sykes
They are all orphans
and they are leaving
on the 2:10 train
with no ticket
Rapscallion, angry, weeping
passed out songs,songs
that seem to be born
effortlessly, or
not born but found
on top of an old wood stove
like a Bowler hat
and the Pogues know
where the little people go
and they follow them
they’re as old as treasure island
songs that we should all carry
i learnt ’em and sung ’em
and changed ’em
and passed them on
down the wild blue road
as Shane MacGowan & the Pogues
warm their hands
on a fire
made from chopsticks
and a horse pulls a milk wagon
up the steep, wet cobblestone
streets & stumbles
to his knees, bloodying them
as a man
no bigger than my thumb
dances in the broken glass
and jumps rope with a shoe lace
the song he sings

Tom Waits
California , March 2004

It is one of my favorite albums, a sequence of songs that would cause us all to link arms and belt out the lyrics, spilling beer everywhere. You should probably buy it now.

The Pogues, date and photographer unknown

The Pogues, date and photographer unknown


Neil Libbert | Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon, December 14, 1984 © Neil Libbert

Francis Bacon, December 14, 1984 © Neil Libbert

The French House in Soho was the location for this impromptu shot of Francis Bacon. Libbert had called in for a lunchtime pint and found the pub empty apart from the painter, who drank there regularly. There was no film in Libbert’s camera so he loaded it surreptitiously and then secretly took two shots. Bacon was so deep in thought he did not notice him. Libbert never intended the picture to be published but it eventually appeared in the Observer some years later alongside the artist’s obituary

– The Guardian


Magnum Photos | Happy New Years
NEW YORK—New Year's Eve in Times Square, 1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK—New Year's Eve in Times Square, 1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—New Year's celebration, 1979. © Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos

PARIS—New Year's celebration, 1979. © Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos

WARSAW, Poland—New Year’s Eve, 1989. © Mark Power / Magnum Photos

WARSAW, Poland—New Year’s Eve, 1989. © Mark Power / Magnum Photos

NORMANDY, France—Midnight supper of St. Sylvestre, 1976. © Jean Gaumy / Magnum Photos

NORMANDY, France—Midnight supper of St. Sylvestre, 1976. © Jean Gaumy / Magnum Photos

RHONDDA VALLEY, Wales—New Year's Eve celebrants, 2000. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

RHONDDA VALLEY, Wales—New Year's Eve celebrants, 2000. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

LONDON—Trafalgar Square on New Year's Eve, 1964.  © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

LONDON—Trafalgar Square on New Year's Eve, 1964. © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

GUNNEDAH, Australia—New Year’s Eve, 2003. © Trent Parke / Magnum Photos

GUNNEDAH, Australia—New Year’s Eve, 2003. © Trent Parke / Magnum Photos


Robert Frank | London & Wales

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.

-Robert Frank

London 1952-53, Robert Frank

London 1952-53, Robert Frank

London 1951, Robert Frank

London 1951, Robert Frank

London 1952-53 © Robert Frank

London 1952-53 © Robert Frank

 Caerau, Wales 1953 © Robert Frank

Caerau, Wales 1953 © Robert Frank

London 1951-52 © Robert Frank

London 1951-52 © Robert Frank

London 1952-53 © Robert Frank

London 1952 -53 © Robert Frank

London 1951-52 © Robert Frank

London 1951-52 © Robert Frank

Ben James and His Wife, Wales 1953 © Robert Frank

Ben James and His Wife, Wales 1953 © Robert Frank

Ben James, Wales 1953 © Robert Frank

Ben James, Wales 1953 © Robert Frank


Happy New Year’s Day
PRAGUE—New Years' Eve, 2005. © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

PRAGUE—New Years' Eve, 2005. © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos

G.B. ENGLAND. London. Trafalgar Square. 01/01/2000. © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

G.B. ENGLAND. London. Trafalgar Square. 01/01/2000. © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK—The Bowery, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK—The Bowery, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—La Villette, 1929. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—La Villette, 1929. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos