Art Garfunkel Calls Paul Simon a ‘Jerk’ and a ‘Monster’
Despite his own solo success and a handful of reunion tours with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel may have given the impression that he still has some lingering bitterness over the way Simon & Garfunkel first broke up. In a new interview, he lashed out at Simon for walking out on the duo after the release of 1970's Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he rhetorically asked Simon what he was thinking at the time. “How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul? What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”
Garfunkel agrees with the interviewer that Simon, who is reportedly 5'3", possibly suffers from a Napoleon complex, adding that he initially offered his friendship to Simon in 1953 because he felt sorry for his lack of height. "And that compensation gesture has created a monster,” Garfunkel concludes.
Still, Garfunkel says he's perfectly willing to embark on another tour with Simon. "When we get together, with his guitar, it's a delight to both of our ears. A little bubble comes over us and it seems effortless. We blend. So, as far as this half is concerned, I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?' But I've been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971."
The piece expands on something Garfunkel said last year when he resumed touring after a career-threatening bout with vocal cord paresis. "It’s an ingrown, deep friendship. Yes, there is deep love in there. But there’s also s---. Put that down [...] It has many wrinkles. Someday I’ll let my hair down, not yet, and I’ll tell you lots of stuff. And you’ll go, ‘Artie, you were a hell of an accommodator.’”
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