Art Garfunkel in Conversation with Anthony DeCurtis

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Date(s) - Sep 28, 2017
7:30 pm

92nd Street Y



Art Garfunkel will publish his new memoir, What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man, this fall.

Join him as he speaks to music writer and journalist Anthony DeCurtis about his life and work before, during and after Simon & Garfunkel … about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and ’50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different — from the age of five feeling his vocal cords “vibrating with the love of sound” … meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together, of being twelve at the birth of rock ’n’ roll, both of them “captured” by it; going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song, “Hey Schoolgirl” (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul’s father on bass) going to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies …

Hear about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was sixteen, about not being a natural performer, but more a thinker … touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents — the USA and Europe). About being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing) and Mike Nichols (“the greatest of them all”) … getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back … about being a husband, a father and much more.

All tickets include a pre-signed copy of the book.

Please arrive promptly to take your seats. Because of the exclusive nature of this event, patrons arriving after the start time of 7:40 pm will not be permitted to enter the theater.