Program to examine career of legendary songrwriter
Omaha, Nebraska – Producer Paul Ingles hosts "The Emergence of Paul Simon," an engrossing two-hour special on the creative output of heralded songwriter Paul Simon.
Ingles draws from archival interviews with Simon and an impressive guest roster to explore how Simon connected with audiences in the 1960s as part of Simon & Garfunkel, in the 1970s as a solo artist and in the 1980s when he re-emerged as a world star with the release of his Graceland album. Guest commentators include Simon biographer Patrick Humphries and music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, Lydia Hutchinson, Jim Fusilli and more. The program includes excerpts from several archival interviews of Simon and features musicians Joseph Shabalala, Shawn Colvin, Deborah Holland and several others.
By mixing Simon's music from key moments in his career with informed commentary from musicians and music critics, "The Emergence of Paul Simon" articulates what two generations of music lovers have found so compelling about this thoughtful and innovative writer and performer.
Comments from Wallace Smith, WLIU GM: "This is really a great piece of radio and a compelling presentation of Simon s vast contribution to American culture and the literature of popular music...You did a masterful job of developing an impressive story of his career from its disparate parts...I was blown away...and have had some very good verbal listener response. Congratulations for an excellent piece of work."
The Emergence of Paul Simon can be heard Sunday, August 12, 5:00pm - 7:00pm on KIOS-FM.