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Published: 2012/01/17

A New Documentary About Paul Simon’s Graceland Will Premiere at Sundance

On January 22, 2012 Under African Skies—a new documentary chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Paul Simon’s Graceland—will debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary, directed by award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger, will also kick off a year-long celebration commemorating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album. Following its Sundance premiere, Under African Skies is slated for international film festival screenings, a limited theatrical run as well as airings on A&E.

The film documents both the making of Graceland, and the controversy created when Simon traveled to South Africa to record with local artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Simon offers his perspective on the album while gathering the record’s original musicians for a Graceland concert reunion. Under African Skies also features interviews with key anti-apartheid activists of the time along with musical legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel.

This Spring, Graceland will be re-issused in a special 25th anniversary box set featuring the original album, bonus tracks and a director’s cut of Under African Skies.

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Matt January 17, 2012, 17:32:08

One of the most beautiful albums of all time. The anniversary edition should be really cool!

Jimmy January 17, 2012, 18:15:33

I wonder if it’ll touch on Simon stealing the music for graceland.

joe January 18, 2012, 00:51:23

I used to love this record before I became aware of his plagiarism from Los Lobos. I can’t stand to hear or see him anymore. He owes Los Lobos a huge public apology and a transfer of song writing credits and financial royalties. Shame on him!

Mo Amm January 24, 2012, 15:45:42

Graceland has a special place in my heart. Thank you Paul for a legacy of sound memories.

Paul March 1, 2014, 16:19:07

Paul Simon is a professional plagiarist. A Thief of ideas, lines, words, titles, sounds, styles, cultures… all part of his process. He was the MENTOR and PRODUCER for Heidi Berg. She let him listen to her Gumboots tape. As part of their relationship as artist and producer. He took it and ran to Africa. He stole the idea, he abandoned her project, he made the world believe he discovered African Accordion Rock music. He is the devil.

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