Paul Simon Tells the Story of "Graceland"

November 3, 2014 9:16 PM

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Paul Simon Tells the Story of "Graceland"

By the release of Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee had covered a lot of musical territory, from his early days of pop rock as Tom & Jerry to the transcendent dynamism born from the folk idiom of Simon & Garfunkel to more than a decade of solo recordings that demonstrated a remarkable assemblage of lyrical acuity, impeccable musicianship and stylistic daring.

Some cynics viewed the arguably career-reviving Graceland as imperialist exploitation of South African musicians, but the truth was far different. Throughout his solo career, Simon had achieved mutually beneficial collaborations with a wide variety of musicians. A short list would include the gospel...

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