Simon and Garfunkels Bookends by Pete FornataleReleased just 24 hours before the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination in April 1968 and inseparable from the tumultuous events of that time, Bookends is essential Simon and Garfunkel, featuring A Hazy Shade of Winter and the finished version of Mrs. Robinson, the classic #1 hit that had its beginnings on the soundtrack of the milestone motion picture The Graduate.
Writing from on-hand experience and exclusive interviews with the duo, Pete Fornatale reveals never-before-disclosed details of the love-hate relationship between the two musicians and offers a unique perspective on each of them. Bookends captured the duo at the peak of their personal, professional, and artistic partnership in the 60s. The dark clouds and troubled waters that broke them up were still a year and a half away.
Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends Theme
How Simon and Garfunkel Turned a Page on ‘Bookends’
The duo had risen to fame two years prior with the albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and the soundtrack album for the film The Graduate. Bookends is a concept album that explores a life journey from childhood to old age. Side one of the album marks successive stages in life, the theme serving as bookends to the life cycle. Side two largely consists of unused material for The Graduate soundtrack. Simon's lyrics concern youth, disillusionment, relationships, old age, and mortality. Much of the material was crafted alongside producer John Simon , who joined the recording when Paul Simon suffered from writer's block. The album was recorded gradually over the period of a year, with production speeding up around the later months of
Please refresh the page and retry. O n April 3, , one of the Sixties' defining albums was released. It hit the shelves one day before the assassination of Martin Luther King, and less than six weeks after the deadliest phase of the Vietnam War for US forces convinced commentators that the war was lost.
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The alternately bright and haunting sound of Simon and Garfunkel is permanently etched in our consciousness. Their literate, intuitive lyrics articulated the feeling of the time better than anyone. The two started singing together when they were in the sixth grade. Initially, they sang doo-wop hits, but then they began writing their own songs. The song ended up selling , copies and made it into the Top At the same time, Garfunkel released some records under the name Artie Garr. They wound up getting a contract with Columbia Records.
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