Paul Simon celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday by announcing the release of a new audio book.
Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon, a reference to the song by music legend The Boy In the Bubble, follows his life from his debut in Queens, New York, to his rise to fame. The project, a collaboration between legendary songwriter, songwriter Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam, features new music and unreleased studio versions of Simon & Garfunkel classics, such as The Sound of Silence and The Boxer.
Variety reports that the trio recorded over 30 hours of audio over nine interview sessions. The final cut lasts five hours and has a cast of star-studded cameos, including Sting, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock, and Rosanne Cash.
“Over the course of my career I’ve had to give hundreds of interviews on various projects, but talking and collaborating with Malcolm on this has been especially enjoyable,” Simon said in a statement.
Gladwell praised Simon’s accessibility throughout the project, saying, “He’s the least rock-star rock star. Paul is surprisingly down-to-earth and approachable. Even though he doesn’t was not the most successful musician of his generation, he would be the same person. “
Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon will be released on November 16.