Paul Simon‘s classic 1986 album Graceland is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a deluxe box set reissue and a new retrospective documentary, titled Under African Skies.
In a clip from the film, Simon discusses the creative process behind the album – which started with a trip to South Africa. In that time, Simon and engineer Roy Halee recorded a 10-day series of jam sessions featuring some of the country’s finest musicians.
Simon ended up with a lot of unformed music – nothing he could consider a song for the purposes of the album. This saw him return to New York to set about shaping those performances into the tracks that ended up making the final cut.
Watch Simon talk about album track The Boy In The Bubble below: