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Simon Makes First Public Appearance Since Arrest, Performs At NYU Event

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Paul Simon performs during the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17, 2014 in New York City.
Last night’s New York University Steinhardt Vision Award Gala was a nice change of pace for Paul Simon, who made his first public appearance since his disorderly conduct arrest by performing and being honored at the event.

According to, Simon was honored for his humanitarian and musical work and performed a 75-minute set that contained over a dozen songs, including “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,” “Graceland” and “Still Crazy After All These Years,” where he was joined by various students and alumni of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Simon used to teach a songwriting course at NYU in the 1970s, to which he commented at the gala, “I cringe to think of how little I knew.”

Considering the songs he wrote as Simon & Garfunkel, perhaps in Paul’s mind had more to learn about songwriting, but I think we can all agree he knew enough to teach and mentor some college students.