[Smt-talk] Paul Simon

Adam Krims Adam.Krims at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Nov 4 09:26:44 PST 2009

Walt Everett's essay from _Understanding Rock_ (Covach and Boone, OUP, 1998), "Swallowed by a Song: Paul Simon's Crisis of Chromaticism" would be one place to start. Also, depending on how you want to define "theoretical" (i.e., whether you like my attempt to re-define it ;), you could check out Louise Meintjes's "Paul Simon's Graceland, South Africa, and the Mediation of Musical Meaning", Ethnomusicology 34.1 (1990).  
Adam Krims
Professor of Music Analysis
University of Nottingham


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Subject: [Smt-talk] Paul Simon

Greetings everyone,

I'm interested in doing some analysis of the music of Paul Simon, with particular emphasis on the evolution of his compositional style over time.  First, does anyone know of any theoretical analysis of his music that has been done, or any bibliographic suggestions (particularly of sources from 2000 or later)?  Second, has anyone done theoretical analysis of pop music that can offer suggestions on methodology?  I appreciate it!


Dan Haag
Graduate student, Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
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