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November 6, 2006 Hear singer-songwriter Paul Simon in a full concert recorded live from Philadelphia.

Studio Sessions

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December 19, 2011 A master of songwriting, Simon makes music that feels timeless even when it's filled with new ideas.

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November 23, 2006 Simon is one of music's most venerated icons: His pop career started an amazing 50 years ago.

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Interviews & Profiles

Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1987.

September 3, 2012 Hear Simon tell stories about creating his classic 1986 album in Apartheid-era South Africa.

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Art Garfunkel performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2010.

September 1, 2012 Art Garfunkel says he just wants a little credit for treating the voice as a "virtuoso instrument."

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Simon's 12th studio album is titled So Beautiful or So What.

April 12, 2011 The legendary singer-songwriter discusses his first album in five years, So Beautiful or So What.

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July 9, 2009 For songwriter Maia Sharp, Paul Simon's jaunty tune instantly recalls baseball triumphs gone by.

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June 29, 2007 Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Paul Simon; first aired Dec. 11, 2000.

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May 8, 2006 The singer-songwriter discusses his "backward" creative process and his new album Surprise.

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June 12, 2004 Scott Simon conducts a rare interview with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

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November 16, 2010 This week All Songs Considered features some surprising and unreleased new music.

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Paul Simon Getting Ready for Christmas Day

November 16, 2010 New Christmas music from Paul Simon features a 1941 sample of gospel recording artist J.M. Gates.

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July 9, 2009 For songwriter Maia Sharp, Paul Simon's jaunty tune instantly recalls baseball triumphs gone by.

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May 17, 2006 One of Paul Simon's best songs offers an index of torments, both natural and manmade.

May 12, 2006 Surprising new music from Paul Simon; A preview of outtakes by Sufjan Stevens; Remembering the m...

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December 1, 2001 On this edition of All Songs Considered: Secret messages from Bach; The imaginary world of Bjork...

Paul Simon performing in London.

July 10, 2000 Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland fuses the music of America and South Africa.

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Reviews

Simon's first album of new material in five years intersperses  transcendent moments of beauty alongside his familiar tricks.

April 11, 2011 The singer's new album, So Beautiful or So What, mixes moments of beauty with his familiar tricks.

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April 4, 2011 Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simon's new album combines elements from his earlier albums.

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May 17, 2006 One of Paul Simon's best songs offers an index of torments, both natural and manmade.

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February 9, 2012 Among the hundreds of songs that remind listeners of winter, one name keeps coming up: Paul Simon.

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Middle Brother.

December 20, 2011 Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.

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Modern Family

November 26, 2013 Which song better describes your family's Thanksgiving: "Highway To Hell" or "All You Need Is Love?"

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All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more.

December 19, 2013 Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a snowy road trip in search of the true spirit of the season.

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Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this big Bach puzzler.

March 21, 2014 Brainy when it comes to Bach? Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this puzzler.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

May 16, 2012 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton begin their quest to pin down the most universally loved albums.

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Paul Simon and fellow musicians perform in Rotterdam, Netherlands during the 1987 Graceland tour.

May 9, 2012 Watch an exclusive clip from a 25th anniversary documentary about Paul Simon's landmark album.

Darlene Love on Saturday Night Live

December 20, 2011 There's more to the season than "Jingle Bell Rock." This week on All Songs: holiday deep cuts.

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28th May 1974:  Teenage fans at a David Cassidy concert at White City, London.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

July 19, 2011 The All Songs gang and listeners spill on the tunes that bring them to tears.

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Paul Simon with fan Rayna Ford in Toronto.

May 14, 2011 Simon surprises a fan by inviting her on stage to sing the song on which she learned to play guitar.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (top left), Low (bottom left), Timber Timbre's Taylor Kirk (right).

April 5, 2011 This week on All Songs Considered, industry veterans and newcomers alike prove their staying power.

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Paul Simon's new album is So Beautiful or So What

April 3, 2011 Until its release on April 12, hear the new album from one of American music's unmistakable voices.

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