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New Documentary, 'Under African Skies,' Chronicles Creation and Influence of Paul Simon's 'Graceland' Album

A new documentary, Under African Skies, chronicles the creation and lasting influence of Paul Simon's 1986 album, Graceland, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The film, which was directed by Joe Berlinger, recently made its Sundance Film Festival premiere and will make its US TV premiere on A&E this spring. The film also will screen at several worldwide festivals in May and enjoy a limited theatrical engagement in New York and Los Angeles starting May 11.

In honor of the album's 25th anniversary, Legacy Recordings is offering several 25th-anniversary versions of the album on June 5, including a box set, CD/DVD, vinyl and more.

Check out the trailer for Under African Skies below.

For more about the celebration surrounding the 25th anniversary of Graceland,head here.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.