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Van Dyke Parks: “I’d call Harry Nilsson a genius… and by the way I haven’t met any others”

Van Dyke Parks: “I’d call Harry Nilsson a genius… and by the way I haven’t met any others”

Van Dyke Parks talks about “genius” Nilsson in the new issue of Uncut, dated September 2013 and out now.

Along with Chris Spedding, Bobby Keys, Herbie Flowers, Peter Frampton and more, Parks pays tribute to the late Harry Nilsson in a piece looking at his three brilliant, contrary early ’70s records.

“He was the smartest person I ever met in the music business,” says Van Dyke Parks. “He was operating at the highest creative level imaginable. I wouldn’t call him a musical genius – I’d just call him a genius. And by the way, I haven’t met any others.

“He redefined what a song could do, with incredible intimacy: beautiful and consoling and illuminating and clear.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now.

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