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February 8, 1987
In the first essay in Calendar's new Popping Off series, William K. Knoedelseder Jr. defended Paul Simon's decision to record "Graceland" in South Africa, and to use South African musicians. Knoedelseder's commentary, prompted by protests against Simon by students at Howard University, drew spirited response from readers. Here is a sampling of opinion, the overwhelming majority of which supported Simon's actions. Popping Off is an occasional forum commenting on timely issues in pop music.
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February 8, 1987
In the first essay in Calendar's new Popping Off series, William K. Knoedelseder Jr. defended Paul Simon's decision to record "Graceland" in South Africa, and to use South African musicians. Knoedelseder's commentary, prompted by protests against Simon by students at Howard University, drew spirited response from readers. Here is a sampling of opinion, the overwhelming majority of which supported Simon's actions. Popping Off is an occasional forum commenting on timely issues in pop music.
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February 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Paul Simon, who was criticized for recording parts of his album "Graceland" in South Africa, was removed Monday from a list of artists who have broken the United Nations cultural boycott against the country. "Mr. Simon sent us a letter promising he would not play in South Africa, and we have taken his name off the register," said Amer Araim, senior political adviser for the U.N. Special Committee Against Apartheid.
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