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Paul Simon: The Boy in the Boycott

Mark Sinker, Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, 4 April 1987

Is PAUL SIMON "a genius and a loathsome coward"? Does the lack of anti-apartheid statements on Graceland amount to condonation of Botha's regime? Or has Simon given black South African music an important platform?

On the eve of the 'Graceland' World Tour's arrival in Birmingham (this Saturday) and London (next week), MARK SINKER and TERRY STAUNTON investigate the still-burning issues surrounding Simon's visit to Jo'burg and whether or not he flouted the United Nations' CULTURAL BOYCOTT.

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