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Paul Simon Official Bio Coming In May, ‘Graceland’ Remix Album In June

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A May 8th street date has finally been announced for Robert Hilburn’s definitive new Paul Simon biography titled, Paul Simon – The Life. According to the press release for the upcoming tome, The Life is “a candid biography written with Simon’s full participation — but without his editorial control. . . (It) is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist, including new and absorbing insights into his most enduring songs. Exploring his successes and failures onstage and off, the book combines the scholarship, passion, and storytelling grace of biography at its best.”

Coming on June 1st is the new album Graceland – The Remixes. According to Rolling Stone, “The Simon-approved remix LP features all 11 of Graceland’s tracks reinterpreted, including two versions of ‘Homeless.’ 11 dance music artists and D.J.’s — including Paul Oakenfold, Groove Armada, and Thievery Corporation — will rework songs from Paul Simon’s classic (1986) Graceland album.”

Groove Armada’s Andy Cato who remixed the album’s hit “You Can Call Me Al,” explained, “What do you say when someone asks you to remix a classic? Well normally, ‘No!’ It’s a rule we’ve managed to follow for 20 years. Until we got a call about remixing a track from Graceland. Here was an album. . . which had opened our ears to a new world of sound. We decided to break the rule because we could choose a tune. In (‘You Can Call Me Al’) was a horn riff which we’d been dropping in our sets ever since we tried it at Fais Do-Do’s Ballroom in LA back in 1998 and it created an electric moment of dancefloor unity.”

Although Paul Simon calls on his life experiences for his material, he admitted that it sometimes it takes time to name and number whom he exactly is writing about: “Once I knew more about what I was writing, then I began to recognize the characters; ‘Oh, that’s this person in my life, that’s this event, or this is somebody I know.’ So in a sense the snapshot analogy is so. More like a movie than a snapshot, because they seem to be stories. Quite often the songs are stories.”

May 16 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
May 18 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
May 19 – Portland, OR – MODA Center
May 22, 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
May 25 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
May 30 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green
June 1 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena
June 2 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
June 4 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
June 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
June 8 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
June 10 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
June 12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
June 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
June 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
June 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
July 1 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
July 3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
July 5 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
July 7, 8 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
July 10 – Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
July 11 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
July 13 – Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
July 15 – London, England – Hyde Park, BST Festival
September 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
September 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
September 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
September 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
September 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
September 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
September 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
September 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
September 20, 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
September 22 – New York, NY – Venue TBA

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