Great Performances: Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey
Airs Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, August 12, 2013
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.