I recall when I attended community college in 1972 that I had protested against apartheid in South Africa. We wrote a petition to Polaroid against the use of their instant cameras as the photography medium for black South African inter-country passports. I bitterly opposed the suppression of rights in that country. Eventually apartheid was abolished.
Paul Simon faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. In addition, some critics viewed Graceland as an exploitive appropriation of their culture. Following its completion, Simon toured alongside South African musicians, combining the music of Graceland and their own music.
My interest in this period of Paul Simon’s discography was reawakened when I saw CBS Sunday Morning. I was overjoyed to see Paul Simon’s world music instrument collection.
I listened several times to the 25th anniversary remastering of Graceland and decided to dive deeper with the Paul Simon documentary, Paul Simon: Under African Skies which examines multiples sides of the controversy that occurred. It has great concert footage and helps us to see the true common bond music and friendship can achieve.
Paul Simon’s new album, STRANGER TO STRANGER to release on June 3rd, 2016.
Stranger to Stranger Track List
1. “The Werewolf”
3. “The Clock”
4. “Street Angel”
5. “Stranger To Stranger”
6. “In A Parade”
7. “Proof Of Love”
8. “In the Garden Of Edie”
9. “The Riverbank”
10. “Cool Papa Bell”
11. “Insomniac’s Lullaby”
I love how monumental Paul Simon’sGraceland recording has become in cementing and furthering the ties of American popular music with the syncopated rhythms of South Africa. Paul Simon and the musicians of South Africa have forged an indelible common bond that is strengthened by the 25th anniversary celebration of a very special concert and music recording experience in South Africa.
The story of the making of Graceland, and the controversy created when Paul Simon went to South Africa to record with local artists, is told in “Under African Skies,” the new full-length documentary by two-time Emmy and Peabody Award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (“Brother’s Keeper,” “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” the West Memphis Three/”Paradise Lost” trilogy) and email@example.com and A&E IndieFilms.
I urge you to visit Paul Simon’s Graceland page here. Discover more about this wonderful achievement in music sociological and cultural circles.
Watch the official film trailer here. I can’t wait to witness this heartwarming, engaging film on the big screen!
I learned about the poetry of Simon & Garfunkel when I attended high school. I had a very hip English teacher who played folk music for us in her class. We were taught to decipher and appreciate the poetic lyrics of Paul Simon in direct relationship to the exquisite voice of Art Garfunkel.
My English teacher was very enamored with the debut album by Simon & Garfunkel. I associate this recording with junior year when my music consciousness was raised above AM radio. I was about to enter the expanding universe of FM radio, where full album recordings enlightened the listener. This all took place in the fall of 1967, after the dust settled from the Summer of Love.
Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What Tour, May 29th, 2011
Foxwoods MGM Grand Theater
Wonderful harmonic fusion
1. Boy in the Bubble
2. Dazzling Blue
3. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
4. So Beautiful or So What
5. Vietnam by Jimmy Cliff
6. Mother & Child Reunion
7. That Was Your Mother
8. Hearts and Bones
9. Mystery Train
10. Slip Slidin’ Away
12. Peace Like A River
13. The Obvious Child
14. The Only Living Boy in NY
15. Love is Eternal Sacred Light
16. Father and Daughter
17. Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes
19. Sounds of Silence
21. Gone at Last
22. Here Comes the Sun
23. Late in the Evening
Two tracks are available for listening from So Beautiful or So What. “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” and “The Afterlife”. They offer strong hints at what the rest of this indie record has in store for us. Paul Simon self-financed the recording sessions. I am openly receptive to his meticulous songwriting talent. I can’t wait to embrace the new sounds and experiences that await our senses.
Paul Simon’s solo recordings are the highlight of my music collection. Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin Simon & Graceland embody some of the finest songs and melodies known to modern music. Something tells me So Beautiful or So What compliments and embellishes his work to a new nth degree.