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Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America (1969)

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1 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Aired way back on November 30th, 1969, this is a long forgotten gem that is worth finding if you can. Those who are resourceful can locate it out there in the cyber wilderness. Another IMDb reviewer gave it a less than glowing review but I felt this to be completely unwarranted. This is an interesting time capsule from one of the most tumultuous points in American history. It was mid-Vietnam War, post- assassination madness and right in the midst of the Nixon-era. Nixon was just a less orange version of Trump. It was ridiculousness, dishonesty, and incompetence... just without the tweeting. Only years later would the extent of the administration's corruption and hatred for people be fully understood. So of course this "cynical" special would reflect those times. But it was filled with beauty and hope. It was aired a little more than three months after Woodstock. It was the first time the public heard the iconic 'Bridge over Troubled Water' and there are studio scenes of recording sessions and also concert footage of Simon and Garfunkel performing many of their classics. Paul's brother Eddie also appears in some scenes and he will confuse the hell out of you if you didn't go in knowing there was a Simon brother who resembled Paul so much. I was baffled for a while during a couple of scenes. You can't go wrong with this one. 9/10 stars.


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