“Paul Simon: Words & Music” paints a portrait of the artist through first-person
narrative and items from the artist’s personal collection.
CLEVELAND (Oct. 29, 2014) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is launching a
new exhibit chronicling the life, career and creative inspiration of two-time Hall of Fame
inductee Paul Simon, opening in Cleveland on October 30.
“Paul Simon: Words & Music” will feature exclusive candid commentary gathered from
hours of filmed interview footage that walks the audience through the personal story of
Simon’s life and his creative process. This opening marks the Museum’s first-ever exhibit
anchored by first-person narration by the artist. In addition to the autobiographical
films, there will be videos of select performance highlights from Simon’s five-decade
career and a collection of more than 80 artifacts spanning his early life and time with
Simon & Garfunkel, through his solo career and to the present.
“When Mr. Simon visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a tour last year, our idea to
honor him with an exhibit was ignited and the process of creating this exciting new
exhibition began,” said Greg Harris, CEO and president of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Simon’s narrative guides the visitor through the story of his life using an illustrative
timeline to explore who he was as a young musician, his songwriting and creative
process, and his experimentation and love of world music. The museum curators
worked for over eight months to create the exhibit, which will speak to generations of
fans, as Simon’s music continues to do.
The exhibit will also showcase more than 80 artifacts including several iconic guitars like
Simon’s 1967 Guild F-30-NT-Spec used to write and record most of Simon & Garfunkel’s
canon, and his first-ever guitar; handwritten lyrics spanning his career; personal
summer-camp correspondence between a teenage Paul Simon and his friend Art
Garfunkel; classic jackets and accessories; rare photos; historical documents; and other
items. The exhibit is curated by Craig Inciardi and Karen L. Herman, who recently joined the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as Vice President of Collections and Curatorial
Affairs. In this newly-reimagined curatorial role, Herman leads initiatives to integrate
the Museum’s archival resources with its artifact collections to place rock history in a
cultural context, engage visitors in the Museum’s exhibits and increase worldwide
access to both physical and digital artifacts within the institution’s priceless collections.
“Paul Simon: Words & Music” coincides with the 50th anniversary of Simon’s musical
career. His first LP with former band mate, Art Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM,
was released on October 19, 1964.
In addition to the Museum exhibit, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Library
and Archives is hosting a small exhibit highlighting one of Simon’s best-loved songs,
“The Boxer.” The exhibit includes multiple drafts of the song lyrics — giving visitors a
detailed look into Simon’s songwriting process.
The exhibit is presented by Sony Legacy.
About Paul Simon
Simon is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a member of the
Songwriters Hall of Fame, a winner of 12 Grammy Awards (three of which were albums
of the year) and a 2003 recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his
work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. His song “Mrs. Robinson” from the motion
picture The Graduate was named in the top ten of the American Film Institute’s 100
Years…100 Songs. He was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was
named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” in 2006. In 2007,
Simon was awarded the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
Song. In 2011, Simon was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to engage, teach and inspire
through the power of rock and roll. The institution carries out its mission by giving voice
to the stories of the people, artifacts and events that shaped rock and roll — through
Museum exhibits, materials in the Museum’s Library and Archives, traveling exhibitions,
and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities. The 150,000 squarefoot
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Cleveland’s rapidly developing
North Coast Harbor, is home to major artifact collections, four state-of-the-art theaters,
and year-round educational and concert programming.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and
Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is
$22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13
for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support
Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members
are always admitted free, for information or to join the membership program call
216.515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit
www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with
state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural
enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County
residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
About the Library and Archives
The Rock Hall’s Library and Archives is the most comprehensive repository of materials
relating to the history of rock and roll. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and provide
access to these resources for scholars, educators, students, journalists, and the general
public in order to broaden awareness and understanding of rock and roll, its roots, and
its impact on society. The Library and Archives is at 2809 Woodland Avenue in
Cleveland, Ohio and is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact:
Carl Harp, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, (216) 515-1503, email@example.com