Both throughout his prolific solo career and his enduring legacy as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is a monumental figure in the canon of American songwriters. His remarkable oeuvre is one rich with intricately woven narratives, seamless pop hooks, deep emotional resonance and timeless melodies. From the poignant social commentary of “The Sound of Silence” to the sophisticated afro-pop of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” to the modern musical alchemy of “Stranger to Stranger” and all points in between, Simon has never stopped searching, experimenting and innovating new ways to share his truth in his songwriting.
And that songwriting has cemented his name in the pantheon. Beyond a career of critical acclaim and commercial success, among his many accolades Simon has earned 16 GRAMMY Awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, was hailed by Rolling Stone as both one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists and 100 Greatest Songwriters and was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2007. A BMI affiliate throughout the entirety of his career, Paul Simon was named a BMI Icon in 2005.
In light of Simon’s accomplishments, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has curated Paul Simon: Words & Music, a comprehensive traveling exhibition of the legend’s work, his legacy and his profound impact on social and cultural ideals. Concentrating on a career that spans six decades, the exhibit delves into rich detail, showcasing rare archival photographs, sheet music, instruments and other period-specific artifacts, as well as listening stations and performance footage. Paul Simon: Words & Music is an immersive and interactive experience and a must for fans of timeless songwriting. The exhibit comes to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA, and runs from April 27 to September 3, 2017.
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