When his farewell tour ended September 22 in Queens, NY and a new album dropped September 28 Paul Simon maintained his currency. To coincide with the tour, in a new biography released last May written by LA Times music writer Robert Hilburn, Simon granted the author “more than 100 hours of interviews” according to the press release from Simon & Schuster. But rather than hook a new album and a farewell tour to a book for commercial purposes, Hilburn the journalist, goes much deeper by writing a balanced study of his subject. His focus, and it’s a good one, is to identify and explain the driving impulses behind Simon’s creativity. Naturally that’s an easier task with the co-operation of the person you’re writing about. 

            According to Hilburn, Paul Simon is a sensitive soul and that sensitivity is always present in the creative decisions he...

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