book is the first full-scale survey of the career of one of the most
honored musicians and songwriters in American history. Starting out as
a teeny-bopper rocker in the late 1950s, Paul Simon went on to form the
most influential pop duo of the 1960s — Simon &
Garfunkel — and after their break-up in 1970, launch one of
the most successful, varied, and surprising solo careers of our time.
a lucid and vivid portrait of an astonishing decades-long career, Paul
Simon: An American Tune will
interest a wide audience.
Simon: An American Tune,
Cornel Bonca considers Simon’s vast trove of songs in the
and cultural context in which he wrote them: from the pop cultural
revolution of the 1960s which Simon himself helped to create, the
singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s, the turn toward world music in
the 1980s that gave the world the monumental Graceland, to the intimate
personal turn his music took in the millennial era. Analyzing
albums one by one, often song by song, Bonca provides a deep and artful
exploration of the work of one of today’s major songwriters.
An American Tune
by Cornel Bonca
& Littlefield Publishers, 2014
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