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Peter Ames Carlin Homeward Bound

October 27, 201615 min
PAUL SIMON - the boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, Simon's work has helped: define the youth movement of the '60s (“The Sound of Silence,” “Homeward Bound,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water”) on his own in the '70s, he made radio-dominating hits (“Kodachrome,” “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Still Crazy After All These Years”) Simon kicked off the '80s by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million people in New York’s Central Park 5 years later, his album Graceland sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. Just this past June, Simon’s latest album, Stranger to Stranger—which includes “Wristband”—debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album charts. Peter Ames Carlin—bestselling author of the Bruce Springteen biography, Bruce—brings the rather inscrutable Simon vividly to the page in HOMEWARD BOUND: The Life of Paul Simon (Henry Holt and Company).

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