Set for publication in October is the new book, Paul Simon FAQ – All That’s Left To Know About The Legendary Singer And The Iconic Songs. The 400-page book, which is part of Backbeat's excellent FAQ series, chronicles Simon's entire career, and according to the press release, “features chapters dedicated not only to Simon’s music but also his stage, screen, and television work, his devotion to charity, and more.
The book also delves into “influences such as Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers, and the 'Child Ballads' are examined, while his songwriting is documented not only through his own recordings but also those of the myriad other artists who have covered his compositions. (Paul Simon FAQ) goes behind the scenes of Simon’s groundbreaking work at the forefront of world music and follows him to his emotional 2018 final concert before his retirement from performing live.”
Paul Simon recalled how in 1965, legendary producer Tom Wilson dubbed electric guitars, bass, organ and drums on to the existing acoustic-based track of “The Sound Of Silence,” resurrecting the song from certain obscurity on Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.: “First of all, I didn't even hear about until it was already out and sort of making a little bit of noise. 'The Sound Of Silence' was out, had come out for a year on an album called, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. — and that album came out and disappeared. So when they decided to overdub whatever they wanted; first of all, no one asked me, second of all, it was already a dead issue, so I didn't really mind.”
Art Garfunkel first sang Paul Simon's 1973 solo classic “American Tune” at the duo's 1981 reunion show in Central Park, and has kept it in his solo shows ever since then: “I love Paul's 'American Tune,' and felt such an identity with that kind of song, it's a Bach chorale, that I do it in my show all the time. I never recorded it, but I identify with it, I kind of made it mine. Because it was in the nature of the material. There's a bunch of Paul's things over the years that kill me that I could do my own version of it. Yeah, I suppose that's an interesting album, Garfunkel Does Simon.”