Van Dyke Parks: The Clang of the Yankee Reaper
Ben Edmonds, Rolling Stone, 29 January 1976
In rootless Southern California, the only cultural traditions are those which you create for yourself. Maybe that's why Van Dyke Parks is much beloved of that area's People of Taste and Style. Parks is an hallucinating cross-cultural index file of music oddities and sociological trivia; an island, however small, in a sea of taco sauce.
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