“Under African Skies,” a new documentary from Joe Berlinger on the making of Paul Simon’s Graceland, will debut on Jan. 22 at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The doc kicks off a year-long celebration of the groundbreaking album’s 25th anniversary, including a commemorative edition deluxe collector’s box set as well as a special 2-disc set from Legacy Recordings this spring, each featuring the original album with bonus tracks and the director’s cut of “Under African Skies.” Graceland has sold 14 million copies worldwide, and was named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1987. The title track then earned a Grammy for Song of the Year in 1988. In 2006, Time named it one of the All-Time 100 Albums.
I don’t like the idea that people who aren’t adolescents make records. Adolescents make the best records. Except for Paul Simon. Except for Graceland. He’s hit a new plateau there, but he’s writing to his own age group. Graceland is something new. That song to his son is just as good as “Blue Suede Shoes”: “Before you were born dude when life was great.” That’s just as good as “Blue Suede Shoes,” and that is a new dimension.Joe Strummer interviewed by Richard Cromelin for the Los Angeles Times on January 31, 1988