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Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey
An epic journey following Paul Simon back to South Africa
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FRI 01/04/2013

10PM on CPTV
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GREAT PERFORMANCES

Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies

Paul Simon’s Graceland album, an experiment in cross-cultural collaboration, was also commercially popular, selling 14 million albums worldwide and winning Grammys for “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for the title track. Today, it’s considered one of the most significant recordings of its time. But why was Graceland so controversial in 1986? Why did Simon face such vehement criticism? In 2011, filmmaker Joe Berlinger accompanied Simon on his return to South Africa to reunite and perform with several of the musicians involved in the original album, capturing Simon’s unique homecoming as he reflects on the landmark events.