This DVD is part of the TV Documentary series, ‘Classic Albums’, which focuses on the making of timeless recordings of the modern era.
Singer / songwriter Paul Simon had been on the cutting-edge of pop music throughout most of the 1960s and the ‘70s, first as half of the seminal folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, and then as a well-received solo artist. But the rise of '80s rock & new wave saw a decline in Paul’s commercial success, and the singer responded by experimenting with different musical styles – most notably, world beat – that culminated in his adventurous ‘86 masterpiece, 'Graceland’.
The album's fusion of American folk / rock songwriting + buoyant, South African rhythms not only broke new ground in terms of popular music, but also springboarded ‘Graceland’ into becoming Paul's biggest-selling solo record to date. It introduced Western audiences to the South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well.
This episode of the ‘Classic Albums’ series examines the making of this groundbreaking work through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, and live performances of album tracks such as “Boy in the Bubble”; “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”; “You can Call Me Al”; and “Under African Skies”.
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