Classic Albums: Paul Simon – Graceland

Paul Simon’s seventh studio album, Graceland, was his most successful album, estimated to have sold up to 16 million copies across the globe. It was a huge commercial hit, taking home the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It remains to this day one of the most highly regarded albums in pop history.

Before its release, however, this chart-topping album was surrounded by controversy. Simon was enamored with South African township music, which led him to record with local musicians in Johannesburg amid the apartheid rule of the government.

In this episode of Classic Albums, we hear from Paul Simon himself as he confronts the controversies at the time and talks about his inspiration to record in South Africa. Additionally, watch original footage from the Graceland recordings sessions, as well as archival performances of some of the albums biggest songs. Classic Albums: Paul Simon – Graceland premieres Wednesday, October 4th at 9/8c on AXS TV.

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