2009/11/25

THE DAY VAN DYKE PARKS WENT CALYPSO

When 80,000 barrels of oil spilled into the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel in January of 1969, the crude-splattered water, beaches, and birds along the California coast in its aftermath became the symbols of modern eco-disaster.

While the ensuing public outcry helped hasten the formalization of the environmental movement as we now know it, for musician Van Dyke Parks, the spill and “the revelation of ecology,” as he calls it, was a very personal, life-altering occasion. “It changed my M.O. and changed my very reason for being,” he says.

November 19, 2009 Denise Sullivan
http://www.crawdaddy.com/index.php/2009/11/19/the-day-van-dyke-parks-went-calypso/

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