Aside from authors and artists, musicians are some of my favorite people. Although their titles may vary, aren’t they similar in a way? They create something based on their views, their experiences, and their thoughts on the world around them. I’d say that’s exactly what Simon and Garfunkel did, just the mention of their names screams ‘classic’ to me.
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The folk rock duo began in the mid ’50s until 1970. Their music gained huge popularity thanks to the classic film The Graduate and they had hits like Mrs. Robinson and Sound of Silence. Their music has stood the test of time and reached around the world pulling in an endless array of fans. When that ended in 1970, the pair was able to put together a few reunion tours despite hints at some tension. It was seven years ago in 2010 that Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon just couldn’t do it anymore. With rumors, slight interview jabs, and questions they declined to answer, we never got the full story of why this iconic duet broke it off. Now, we may get an idea.
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Art Garfunkel’s new book What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man is his collection of stories, poems, lists, thoughts, and even a little S&G history. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Garfunkel answers an array of questions and gives the low down on sections of his book, especially the parts regarding a certain Mr. Simon.
He says “I don’t put myself into the category of ‘rock star writing his biography.’ That’s because we live our lives by falling into experiences. Things happen to us.” His book is rather different. It began with a trek across the States that took fourteen years, staying in little inns, and connecting with his surroundings. Out of it came a journal full of scribbles that is now his new book. He describes his hard feelings towards the solo deal Simon signed behind his back in 1958. Did this effect them? Garfunkel gives somewhat vague, ambiguous answers to the interviewer.
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Does he want to sing with Paul again? “Not particularly,” he answers. But there’s more to it than just a simple ‘no’. Garfunkel has a tour in process and he seems to be loving it so far. “I’m captivated by my new show. I love it so much.”
Simon seems to be quiet about it and Garfunkel declines to answer some questions in the interview, understandably so. Whether these guys ever get back together is an answer lost in space and time, but this read seems like a good one. First hand accounts and personal writings go well together.
Just remember, there are three sides to every story: Simon’s, Garfunkel’s, and the truth.
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