Little Stevie Van Zandt and Paul Simon

Paul Simon, one of my favourite artists.I think a very decent guy but sometimes in his long career he missed the boat.

A bright guy Simon was enrolled in law school when he bolted for his long distinguished musical career.


Stevie Van Zandt, inter alia, a member of Springsteen’s E Strret band probably never finished high school but he he had a finer social inbtelligence than Simon.

Little Stevie  asked Paul Simon to be part of the anti-apartheid anthem Sun City.The year was 1985.


Dylan, Springsteen Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Bono, Keith Richards, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townsend, Jackson Browne,  Run DMZ,Gil-Scott-Heron, Ronny Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Garrett, Clarence Clemons all signed on.

Simon absolutely refused.

Van Zandt met  Simon at a party for  an entertainment lawyer they both knew.
He spoke about his experiences with anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.

Simon dismissed them as “Communist puppets.”

The ANC was a Soviet Front and the Pan African Congress was hand in hand with the Chinese government.

Simon asked Stevie, “Why are you defending that Mandela guy. He’s obviously a Communist.”

He knew this as he had been talking to a friend who knew these things—Henry Kissinger!

At this point Stevie in his best New Joisey style said,” You and Henry Kissinger can go fuck yourselves.”

p 299 Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon



  1. 1
    mushafta Says:

    Disgusting profanity!
    Shame on you Ted!

  2. 2
    Caroline Maloney Says:

    So interesting, Ted! Thank You! Don’t have any Paul Simon music and now I never will!

    Caroline Maloney Drumheller AB

    Sent from my iPad


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