- By Karen Vock
- Photo By Don Hunstein/Courtesy of Sony Music
“I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.” “First thing I remember when you came into my life, I said, ‘I’m gonna get that girl no matter what I do.’” “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” I’ve been listening to – and loving – Paul Simon’s smart, thoughtful words and bright, beat-filled music all my life. I’ll bet you have, too. And, who can forget the MTV mainstay video for the hit single from Graceland, “You Can Call Me Al”, featuring Simon and Chevy Chase lip-synching the vocals? The exclusive West Coast appearance of Paul Simon: Words & Music at Skirball Cultural Center gloriously celebrates the legendary artist through September 3rd.
A traveling exhibition organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the show illustrates how Paul Simon’s music captured the story of generations and the mood of the nation, reflecting social and cultural ideals. Visitors will journey through Simon’s lifetime of making music, his creative process illuminated by artifacts including instruments, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career. Exclusively at the Skirball, the show will feature additional treasures from Simon’s private archive and a fantastic music lab, which invites guest interaction, developed in collaboration with Roland Corporation.
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