Paul Simon, as in the Simon of Simon & Garfunkel, and wife Edie Brickell were reportedly arrested on disorderly conduct charges at his New Canaan, Conn. home over the weekend after a domestic violence incident.
So much for “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
Simon, 72, has been married to folk singer Brickell, 48, since 1992. They have three children together, Adrian, Lulu, and Gabriel.
The couple appeared in court after a pushing match at their Connecticut home on Saturday.
Both singers faced a judge in Norwalk Superior Court after their weekend arrest by New Canaan police on disorderly conduct charges stemming from the family dispute.
“Neither of us has any fear or anything to feel threatened about,” Simon, who wore a navy blue suit, told Judge William Wenzel.
Simon, 72, said the incident on Saturday night was extraordinary in their 22 years of marriage, during which they raised three children.
“We had an argument that is atypical of us,” Simon said.
Brickell, 48, agreed, telling the judge, “He is no threat to me at all.”
The altercation occurred at a cottage on their New Canaan property, the couple’s attorney, Allan Cramer, said. The couple got into a dispute and when Simon attempted to leave, Brickell blocked the door, he said. The incident escalated and Brickell’s mother, who was visiting, called police.
“I think there were a couple of pushes, but it didn’t go any further,” Cramer told reporters outside the courtroom. “Nothing like this has happened before… She wanted to continue talking about something and he didn’t. And that’s it.”
Cramer said the two would return home together.
New Canaan Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski told a news conference that the incident resulted in some minor injuries and stemmed from “aggressiveness on both sides,” but that Simon and Brickell were cooperative when police arrived. They were arrested on a misdemeanor summons and were not taken into custody.
“They’re well known to the community, they’re very nice people,” Krolikowski said. “It’s unfortunate that this occurred, but we were obligated to make an arrest.”
Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, and is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to his website.
Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit song “What I Am,” which was released by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She won a Grammy this year with comedian Steve Martin for their bluegrass song “Love Has Come for You.”
A court mediator is scheduled to submit a report on the incident to the judge next month, when the two are slated to return to court.
Mike Nichols is to Simon & Garfunkel as Yoko Ono is to The Beatles.
Art Garfunkel revealed at a recent panel discussion in New York that when the film director hired the duo to act in his 1970 film version of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22,” — but then dropped Simon from the project — he did the partnership in.
“I had Paul sort of waiting: ‘All right, I can take this for three months. I’ll write the songs, but what’s the fourth month? And why is Artie in Rome [the filming location] a fifth month?’ What’s Mike doing to Simon & Garfunkel?’” Garfunkel recalled Simon’s take on the situation at the time.
Garfunkel spoke at an event following a special screening of his and Simon’s controversial 1969 documentary “Songs of America” on February 6 at New York’s Paley Center for Media.
It’s conceivable that someone might mistake Paul Simon for the other Paul Simon. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past half-century, then you could possibly think someone was talking about the late politician Paul Simon, rather than about the Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and one half of Simon & Garfunkel.
But apparently it’s not the bow tie and horn-rimmed glasses wearing non-Jewish senator that some people have confused with the 70-year old musician. Instead, it’s another Jewish singer of similar age that they have Paul Simon mixed up with. To the Shmooze’s ear, their music does not sound much alike, so we wonder if it’s the fact that each of them has been married three times that makes people confuse one with the other.
Courtesy of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Paul Simon is best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist — not a college professor and academic. But Simon, who was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 1, had a brief stint in academia, teaching a songwriting class at New York University at the beginning of the 1970s.
This relatively little known aspect of the Simon’s career is discussed by David Browne in his new book, “Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970” (Da Capo Press, 2011).
Browne, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, tells how Simon taught a weekly seminar in songwriting in the period just after he and Art Garfunkel quietly broke up. “One of my cousins auditioned for it,” said Browne. “He didn’t get in. He was a little too advanced.”
Crossposted from Haaretz
It didn’t matter where you sat, stood or danced at Thursday night’s Paul Simon concert in Tel Aviv, the music swirled around you and swept you up. For such a large venue, there was an intimacy normally associated with club gigs, which emanated directly from the artist and extended right to the very back of the stadium, where the crowd danced, cheered and sang along just as enthusiastically as the lucky few at the very front.
There was no warm-up act. The man himself was on stage at almost exactly 8:30, and stayed put for more than two hours. In the sweltering heat of a Tel Aviv summer’s night, he energetically launched himself into song after song, pausing only to switch guitar, thank the crowd, and to make a brief, well-received prayer for peace. There was no bevy of backing dancers, just his standard combo of supremely gifted musicians from all around the world; Thursday night Cameroon and South Africa were represented on the Tel Aviv stage.
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