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Harpers Bizarre: Anything Goes (Pye, WS 1716)

Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 31 December 1968

HOWARD JOHNSON ice-cream parlours, Harvey's hamburgers, Busby Berkeley movies: artificial, sentimental, surface childlike fantasies. Small-town radio stations, high school proms, Frank Capra, George Gershwin, Mickey Mouse. Of course these are unreal. But without them America would have little magic, and we are beginning to understand, after too long, that magic should be the mainspring of society.

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