Paul Simon – 25 years of ‘Graceland’ celebrated with documentary and boxset album
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘Graceland’, the masterpiece from Paul Simon, a special box set and documentary will be released.
On 22th January 2012 ‘Under African Skies‘ a Joe Berlinger directed documentary, will debut on an international film festival.
The story of the making of Graceland, and the controversy created when Simon went to South Africa to record with local artists, is told in this documentary.
Coming this spring, Legacy Recordings will release a Graceland 25th anniversary collector’s box set. As well as a special two-disc set, each featuring the original album with bonus tracks and the director’s cut of ‘Under African Skies.’
“Under African Skies” travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa 25 years after his first visit. Simon revisits the making of the record, surveying from the vantage of history the turbulence and controversy surrounding the album’s genesis.
His artistic decision to collaborate with African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire, with Paul Simon accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
The universal appeal of the music of Graceland proved more powerful and enduring than the political hotbed attending its creation. In 1986, the album sold 14 million copies worldwide, and received universal praise from critics around the globe.
In the film, Simon provides a fresh and revelatory perspective on the album while gathering the record’s original musicians for a transcendental Graceland concert reunion. Interviews with key anti-apartheid activists of the time and such musical legends as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel.
More information: www.graceland25.com
Source: Sony Music and Paul Simon newsletter