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Paul Simon's Music Gets A Celebratory Stay At The Skirball

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Paul Simon’s enduring influence is indisputable. He’s molded social and cultural ideals through his music and starting on April 27, he’ll be celebrated at “Paul Simon: Words & Music,” the latest exhibition to come to the Skirball Cultural Center.

Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the traveling exhibition brings Simon’s instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes to highlight the musicians creative process and give a dissection of his impactful music. In an exclusive presentation for Los Angeles, “Paul Simon: Words & Music” includes pieces from Simon’s personal archive; prepare for fan letters, rare posters, photos of him performing with the Muppets, and more.

“Paul Simon: Words & Music” is separated into two galleries, the latter containing a custom Roland music lab. “We’re hoping it’s going to become a communal experience,” said a spokesperson from the Skirball. “It should be fun.” Attendees can drum along to the percussion-heavy hit “Cecilia,” off Simon and Garfunkel’s 1970 LP Bridge Over Troubled Water, create their own mixes of some of Simon’s biggest hits, while the bravest of visitors can create their own harmonies to “Kodachrome” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

"Paul Simon: Words & Music" runs though September 3. The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.