I was flipping through the channels recently and came up on a replay of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s “Concert in Central Park” reunion from 1981. Over half a million people were in the park to hear from the duo that had broken up some ten years before that. It was not a pleasant split but they took the stage that August night to help raise money to renovate Central Park. So what happened?
That and more questions are answered in the newest biography from Peter Ames Carlin. Peter wrote another of my favorite rock bios about Bruce Springsteen, and “Homeward Bound – The Life of Paul Simon” is another good, in-depth look at a kid from Queens who rose to become half of the iconic due of Simon and Garfunkel. Their songs still resonate today but in “Homeward Bound” you’ll go deeper into the life of an artist who took on pop culture over the decades through his music and gave it an his own special edge (who doesn’t remember him in the turkey suit on SNL?) and why to this day his music still touches a nerve and resurrects memories. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” still makes me stop whatever I’m doing and just listen.
What’s hard to believe is that that this two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is 75. Age has never slowed Paul Simon. Paul’s first hit was in 1957, and his latest album “Stranger to Stranger” came out this past June. Hear from Peter who is incredibly charming and honest about his work and his his newest rock bio about Paul right here. It would be my pleasure to give you your own copy of “Homeward Bound” when you register to win right here. We’ll draw one winner at random this Sunday, December 11th.