Art Garfunkel 10/30/19

Just released in paperback is Art Garfunkel‘s critically acclaimed 2017 memoir, What Is It All But Luminous – Notes From An Underground Man. The book chronicles his life and career, shedding new and important light on his relationship with Paul Simon and the evolution of Simon & Garfunkel‘s sound and rise to fame.

In the press release for the paperback edition, close friend and frequent collaborator James Taylor said, “Art Garfunkel has seen it all. He has surveyed it from the heights and lived it at street level. He has walked the world. A deeply thoughtful man whose voice has made an indelible mark on his time, he is a friend and a colleague for half of my life and is still a mystery. He opens his mind to us in this delightful diary. I wish you the joy of it.”

While hard at work on the memoir, Art Garfunkel updated us on the process: [“I’m writing my autobiography. It’s at the length where when I add pictures it’s a book. A slim one. So, I’ve entered the land of legitimacy — but I have a whole home stretch waiting to go. I can feel there’s another 20 percent to this book. I don’t know what it is. It’s going to tell me what I’ve been doing with all these years, and I’ve got an ear out for ‘Who am I? What is this autobiography? Where’s the surprise waiting for me?’ It’s ‘Who am I?'”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . who am I)

Paul Simon, who remains estranged from Art Garfunkel, was asked if he often looks back on the Simon & Garfunkel days: [“I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about Simon & Garfunkel, but given the span of years of my career, it’s only a. . . it’s a relatively small proportion. So, y’know, nothing feels like ancient history. It’s one of the cliches of getting older, is like, you remember everything as if it just happened.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . it just happened)

Art Garfunkel performs tomorrow night (October 31st) in Cottbus, Germany.

  • Art Garfunkel North American tour dates (subject to change):
    November 18 – Ft. Collins, CO – Lincoln Center
    November 19 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theater
    November 20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
    January 11 – Costa Mesa, CA – Segerstrom Center For The Arts
    January 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Wallis Anneberg CPA
    January 14 – Folsom, CA  – Harris Center For The Arts
    April 18 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
    May 22 – Wausau, WI – Grand Theater

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Just released in paperback is Art Garfunkel‘s critically acclaimed 2017 memoir, What Is It All But Luminous – Notes From An Underground Man.
  • The book chronicles his life and career, shedding new and important light on his relationship with Paul Simon and the evolution of Simon & Garfunkel‘s sound and rise to fame.

SIDE NOTES

According to the original press release for the book:

“Art Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel . . . about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940’s and ’50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different — from the age of five feeling his vocal cords “vibrating with the love of sound” . . . meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together. . . becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was sixteen, about not being a natural performer, but more a thinker . . . touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents–the USA and Europe). He writes of being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg and Mike Nichols. . . getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back . . . about being a husband, a father and much more.”

FAST FACTS

  • Before Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, Art Garfunkel began his acting career, debuting in 1969’s Catch .22, followed by 1971’s Carnal Knowledge, and the 1980 drama Bad Timing.
  • In 1973 he released his first solo album, Angel Clare, which went to Number Five on the charts.
  • His 1975 album Breakaway featured the Simon & Garfunkel reunion track “My Little Town,” which became a Top 10 hit.
  • In 1978, Garfunkel again teamed up with Simon and good friend James Taylor for a remake of Sam Cooke‘s “(What A) Wonderful World.” That same year, Garfunkel embarked on his first-ever solo tour.
  • After the success of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1981 reunion in New York’s Central Park, the duo spent the better part of 1982 and 1983 touring Europe and the U.S. Although plans for a reunion album — tentatively titled Think Too Much — fell through in 1983, the pair reunited on stage in 1993 and again for their Old Friends tour in 2003-2004.
  • In 2006, Garfunkel released his first album of standards called Some Enchanted Evening, which reunited him with ’70s producer Richard Perry. The set featured such evergreens as “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Life Is But A Dream,” “What’ll I Do,” and the title track “Some Enchanted Evening.”
  • Since 2010, Garfunkel has slowly battled to regain his voice after suffering from a paralysis of his vocal cords, which thankfully have fully healed.