Paul Simon partially stops performing

The acclaimed singer-song writer-guitarist has announced that he is retiring from concert tours. He has had a long and illustrious career and the Simon and Garfunkel songs were the soundtrack of my youth. There are so many songs that I love, many of them with quirky and cryptic lyrics, that it was hard for me to pick one to post here but I finally went withThe Boxer. Here is a live version performed in New York’s Central Park in 1981.


  1. naturalcynic says

    My first concert experience [other than classical] was S &G in the Berkeley Community Theater in 64 or 65. They had done about three songs that had terrible sound quality and really strange lighting changes. Simon jostled Garfunkel, they stopped and Simon flipped off the guy on the lights and said to the audience that they just couldn’t deal with the situation. They conferred with some theater manager and their manager and then announced that there would be a free concert the next night. They came back with a good system and I loved the concert.

  2. Curt Sampson says

    I just call him Al.

    (By which I mean to say, I love his earlier stuff too, both with Art Garfunkel and solo, but, wow, was Graceland a revelation. Best experienced by listening to the whole album over and over again ten times in a day but, if you’ve never heard any of it, perhaps try out “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes” as an introduction.)

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