Pete Fornatale Analyzes Simon and Garfunkel

May 5, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Queensborough Community College

Legendary New York radio disc jockey Pete Fornatale, who spun records at the dawn of progressive rock, says the musical match of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as one of his biggest influences. The pair, with their blend of simple rhythms and meaningful lyrics, “single-handedly raised the IQ of music by 10 points,” says Mr. Fornatale, author of “Bookends” about the chart-topping Simon and Garfunkel album by that name. He teams with Long Island Music Hall of Fame archivist Tony Traguardo at Queensborough Community College to discuss the duo’s love-hate relationship and its impact on their music.
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