Paul Simon, 74, ‘Ready to Give Up Music’ – Yahoo Music
New York (AFP) – More than half a century after he wrote âThe Sound of Silence,â American singer Paul Simon says he is ready to hang up his guitar and stop making music.
âYouâre coming toward the end,â he told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday. âShowbiz doesnât hold any interest for me,â said the 74-year-old. âNone.â
The folk star turned world music champion, whose US tour ends Friday, released his most recent album, âStranger to Strangerâ on June 3 to rave reviews.
Its single âWristbandâ is one of the most played songs on college radio.
His current tour ends in Queens, the New York borough where he grew up and met his now estranged music partner Art Garfunkel.
He is then scheduled to begin a month-long tour of Europe on October 17 in Prague, shortly after his 75th birthday.
Following that, he told the Times that his intention is to drift and travel for a year, perhaps with his third wife, the musician Edie Brickell.
âItâs an act of courage to let go,â Simon told the newspaper. âI am going to see what happens if I let go. Then Iâm going to see, who am I?â
If he does quit music, Simon will bring to a close an extraordinary career that has spanned six decades, won him more than a dozen Grammys and produced songs tracking 50 years of social awakenings.
He and Garfunkel were a signature act of the 1960s, starting off with clean-cut folk songs before delving into fusion. The duo produced hits such as âBridge Over Troubled Waterâ and âMrs Robinson.â
Simon has been named by Time Magazine one of the â100 People Who Shaped the World,â collected more than a dozen Grammys and been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
He told the Times that âWristband,â which was released in April, is a metaphor for todayâs struggle between rich and the disenfranchised.
The title refers to a musician who steps into an alley behind a club and finds himself unable to get back in without a wristband.
âItâs just a metaphor for, âYou canât get in. You donât have whatâs required,ââ Simon said. âThat battle is being fought right now, the haves and have-nots.â
The singer also spoke out against fame, saying he saw it âturn into absolute poisonâ in the 1960s.
âIt killed Presley. It killed Lennon. It killed Michael Jackson. Iâve never known anyone to have gotten an enormous amount of fame who wasnât, at a minimum, confused by it and had a very hard time making decisions.â