Photo: Harry Chase, Los Angeles Times

Paul Simon Doc Trailer Dropped: Look + Listen

in the just released trailer for In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, Paul Simon discusses his songwriting and legacy.

Now 82-years old, in the teaser the legendary singer/songwriter says “People used to say, ‘Oh, you have your finger on the pulse.” “No, I don’t have my finger on the pulse. I just have my finger out there …and the pulse is running under it.” 

The sizzle reel follows Simon throughout his nearly 70-year career, from his early songwriting days (as Jerry Landis) to his Graceland masterpiece his most recent Seven Psalms LP.

Paul also addresses the Simon & Garfunkel era by saying “Artie, that was a good friendship.” “We thought we should express what our generation felt.” “What I’ve learned is that when you find a thing that produces a feeling of peace or joy, try and hold onto it. It’s like bliss. And that’s music for me.” 

Directed by Alex Gibney, who previously helmed docs on Frank Sinatra, Hunter S. Thompson, James Brown, Ken Kesey, and others, Part 1 of In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon will premiere on March 17, with Part 2 airing on March 24 at 9 pm E.T. on MGM+.

Following last September’s premiere of Restless Dreams at the Toronto International Film Festival Simon did a Q&A with Gibney, where he spoke about his recent hearing loss in his left ear. “Something happens to you when you have some sort of disability that changes your awareness or changes how you interact with life.” In May of 2023, Simon confirmed his aural issue in a Times interview and a month later, he sold a “substantial stake” of his Simon & Garfunkel royalties to BMG in a deal that reportedly closed in the eight figures. In 2021, he sold his publishing rights to Sony.

In September of 2018, Simon ended his farewell tour in his hometown of Queens and has performed sporadically since, including a headlining slot at Outside Lands Festival in 2019 and a surprise appearance at his own tribute set at the Newport Folk Festival in 2022. 

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Harry Chase, Los Angeles Times