We’ve got a special treat for you classic rock and folk music fans. John Simon — a music producer, composer, writer, and performing artist — will share his experiences working with the legendary American roots music group The Band on Friday, Nov. 4, at 12:00 pm at the Washington Avenue Branch.
Simon, one of the top record producers in the United States during the late 1960s and 1970s, produced dozens of recordings including The Band‘s iconic albums, as well as classics by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Blood, Sweat & Tears among many others.
During the Nov. 4 event, titled “We Can Talk About It Now,” Simon will discuss how he first became involved with The Band and produced (and occasionally played on) their albums “Music from Big Pink,” “The Band,” and “The Last Waltz.” Simon will also offer insight into how the compositions, arrangements, and instrumentation came together to create these monumental recordings that formed the foundation for what is known today as “Americana” music.
This free event is part of the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s “New York Living Legacy” program.