Paul Simon Graceland documentary hits SXSW

Paul Simon Graceland documentary hits SXSW

The groundbreaking Paul Simon Graceland album has now been out for 25 years and its anniversary is being celebrated by the release of a documentary.

Directed by Joe Berlinger, the movie focuses on the making of and the influence exerted by the record and was premiered at January's Sundance Film Festival in the US.

The picture was recently screened at the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas between March 13th and 16th.

Paul Simon: Under African Skies, which is named after one of the singer's famous tracks, has been met with critical acclaim and documents the journey the star takes back to South Africa, where he made the controversial LP, a quarter of a century after it was released.

The album not only represented a step in musical history, with the US citizen collaborating with African musicians, but also caused political tension as the artist was accused of breaking a cultural boycott on the developing nation in reaction to apartheid.

But the record is viewed favourably by many people, with Timothy White of Billboard saying it had the effect of "humanising both a country's soul-searching hunger for liberation and its simultaneous outpouring of cathartic creative expression".

Fans will soon have the chance to hear Graceland played in its entirety live when Paul Simon tickets go on general sale this Friday (March 23rd) for his headlining slot at Hard Rock Calling on July 15th.

Posted by Daniel Owens