Written for the dedication of The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in 1971, Leonard Bernstein created MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
as a memoriam for John F Kennedy and as a thoroughly modern theater musical piece to reflect both its current times and universal questions of faith and existence. A recasting of the Tridentine Mass (in Latin)
, featuring additional lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a brilliant lyric quatrain from Paul Simon, the full staging requires multiple choruses, a full stage performance company (including ballet cast), a marching band, a rock band, and many others. The 2012 BBC Proms featured a concert performance
[1h56m, including introduction sequences]. MASS has had very few full theatrical stagings since its premiere, although now, over 50 years after its creation, it is beginning to find new acclaim and appreciation. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Mar 31, 2014 -
And I met with AZAPO, who had a very frank conversation — I was talking to the translator — about whether they should kill me for even being there. That’s how serious they were about violating the boycott. I eventually talked them out of that and then talked them into maybe going kinda with my thing.
Tthey showed me that they have an assassination list, and Paul Simon was at the top of it. [NOTE: In 1986, Paul Simon recorded tracks for his Graceland album in South Africa, in direct violation of the cultural boycott.] And in spite of my feelings about Paul Simon, who we can talk about in a minute if you want to, I said to them, “Listen, I understand your feelings about this; I might even share them, but...”
-- On the eve of Bruce Springsteen's first ever tour of South Africa, Little Steve van Zandt talks to Dave Marsh about Sun City, the boycott and getting Paul Simon off an AZAPO hit list
posted by MartinWisse
on Jan 27, 2014 -
WMFU DJ Irwin Chusid
has put together a tribute website to music producer Tom Wilson
. Wilson was born in 1931 and died young at 47 in 1978. Among the musicians he worked with: Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, The Mothers of Invention, The Velvet Underground, Nico, Gil-Scott Heron, and Professor Longhair. Some of his notable and more far-out productions
, include the Bob Dylan "Like a Rolling Stone" session which was the subject of the much repeated Al Kooper organ riff anecdote
. He had been president of Harvard's Young Republican club, graduated Harvard cum laude, and was African-American
. He was also friends with Wally "Famous" Amos
, and it was through Wilson, that Amos, at the time an agent at William Morris, came to represent Simon & Garfunkel.
posted by larrybob
on Sep 9, 2013 -
In 1977, Lamont Dozier, Motown veteran, released his album Peddlin' Music on the Side
, featuring "the Afro-centric disco hit" Going Back to My Roots
. That sound was popular in the US, and also in South Africa, where veteran alto player Teaspoon Ndelu covered the song with his group Teaspoon & the Waves
as Oh Yeh Soweto
, "changing the lyrics and toughening up the beat, but with the same killer riffs!" The one fault with the song could be that it's only half as long as Lamont's original. Fear not, Dr. Horn has edited the track into an extended form
, which you can stream or download from Soundcloud. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jun 2, 2013 -
An Ode to Paul Simon's Graceland, now 25.
"Here is Simon proving that he could be divorced and soft in the middle and still make an album that put him back on the playing field, and as a center forward. This, too, is why I think the album has been such a mainstay of so many station wagons since the late 80s: It said to those rear ends planted in those drivers’ seats, “Our idols have aged and proven human. They have turned into yuppies like us who smoke weed only occasionally and in comfortable living rooms with Persian rugs and who have kids who play soccer, and that’s okay." Don't miss the covers and rare editions at the the end of the article. Unfortunately they miss Tangoterje's amazing "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" dub edit
. Obligatory, the Zimbabwe concert
posted by geoff.
on Apr 12, 2011 -
was a classmate and friend of Paul Simon. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, Andrew
, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney were arrested in Mississippi for speeding, and, after being released and encouraged to leave town, were shot by the KKK.
The song is attributed to Paul Kane (AKA Paul Simon).
posted by HuronBob
on Nov 15, 2010 -
The Concert in Central Park.
On September 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel played these songs in a free concert for over 500,000 people: Mrs. Robinson
, Homeward Bound
, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
, Scarborough Fair
, April Come She Will
, Wake Up Little Susie
, Still Crazy After All These Years, American Tune, Late in the Evening
, Slip Slidin' Away
, A Heart in New York
, The Late Great Johnny Ace
, Bridge Over Troubled Water
, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
, The Boxer
, Old Friends
, Bookends, The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
, The Sound of Silence
, and an encore of Late in the Evening
posted by kirkaracha
on Sep 1, 2007 -
is the godfather of electronica, the inventor of ambient music, and producer of the best work by bands like the Talking Heads and U2. Tchad Blake
has helmed the mixing board for Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Soul Coughing and the Bad Plus, to name just a few. Paul Simon
is one of the most recognized names in pop music both for his work with Art Garfunkel and for his fusion of American pop music with African and South American music. Surprise
is the the album they collaborated on, the new Paul Simon record featuring Eno's signature sonic landscapes all over it, and the entire lovely thing, complete with liner notes, is available to listen to
on Simon's website.
posted by eustacescrubb
on May 9, 2006 -
They've booked arenas, and have an announcement scheduled for Tuesday. Simon and Garfunkel
, together for their first tour since '93 (if they don't get into an argument first). I'd suggest those interested get a ticket for one of the early shows, just to be safe...
posted by ehintz
on Sep 7, 2003 -
CHILD's PAUL SIMON COSTUME, used only once. Also, GLASS SOFA with three brass cushions. And much more, via Framley Examiner classifieds (link found at FunJunkie
posted by bmckenzie
on Jan 9, 2002 -