Song Cycle

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Posing more riddles than the average sphinx, with its decipherable answers pointing somewhere dark, Song Cycle was anything but passive. I had already witnessed hippie bands playing with their backs to the hall, so the thought of late ‘60s musicians being interested in their audience struck me as a concept bordering on revolutionary.
 
The debut album from songwriter and pianist Van Dyke Parks, Song Cycle first appeared in 1968 on Warner ...

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Overview

Posing more riddles than the average sphinx, with its decipherable answers pointing somewhere dark, Song Cycle was anything but passive. I had already witnessed hippie bands playing with their backs to the hall, so the thought of late ‘60s musicians being interested in their audience struck me as a concept bordering on revolutionary.
 
The debut album from songwriter and pianist Van Dyke Parks, Song Cycle first appeared in 1968 on Warner Brothers Records. Its twelve songs led listeners through Joycean wordplay and sound collages to reveal messages of dissent and personal loss, at odds with Parks' buoyant, riotously eclectic music. Monumentally ambitious and equally expensive, Song Cycle resembled a film - possibly Citizen Kane - more than the pop music of its day; like Kane, Parks' masterwork was adored by critics yet all but ignored by paying customers. In his efforts to plumb the mysteries of this quixotic record and its subsequent fate, Richard Henderson interviews several of the key figures involved with Song Cycle, notably Parks himself and producer Lenny Waronker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826429179
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 6/3/2010
  • Series: 33 1/3 Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,423,348
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Henderson is a writer, music editor and occasional music supervisor for feature films. Born in Detroit, he leads a nomadic existence in California. His film credits include Brüno, Borat, Into The Wild and The Life Aquatic; his writing has appeared in The Wire, Billboard, The Beat and Murder Dog.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. I Came Unto West Hollywood

2. Dreams Are Stillborn in Hollywood

3. Let's Assume That We Form a Company

4. Song Cycle

5. Enveloped

6. To Market To Buy

7. Constant Commentary By the Wayside

8. What Is Up the Canyon Will Eventually Come Down

9. Time Is Not the Main Thought

10. That Brought Us Coots to Hoot

Bibliography

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