The first book of photographs in a series by Rudy VanderLans. It is based on the music and lyrics of Los Angeles-based composer Van Dyke Parks and pays tribute to both Parks and Southern California. Somewhere between fact, fantasy and fiction, this book strives to visualize the environment evoked in Parks’ 1968 composition "Palm Desert," and hopes to echo his creative approach of blending classical, historical, vernacular and environmental themes. The result is a curious mix of fan's tribute, documentary photography, impressionism, and experimental music review.
The book also includes a bonus music CD containing the original track “Palm Desert” by Van Dyke Parks, as well as three adaptations by Emigre recording artists Itchy Pet, Honey Barbara, and Elliott Peter Earls. Playing time 21 minutes.