Russia, Paul Simon and 007

Throwback Thursday – When I was Paul Simon’s agent, he wanted to include shows in Russia on The Graceland Tour. Only a couple of Western artists had played in Russia at that point, and booking those shows was complicated – I had to fly to Moscow to make the arrangements. In those days, it was not easy to make money in Russia or take money out of Russia. I think Paul mostly wanted to visit Russia, and thought the best way to do that was to play shows there. At the time, it was not possible to dial Russia directly, it had to be done through an operator, which took forever and cost a bundle. I distinctly remember Russia’s country code was 007, which I always thought was hilarious. With the way technology has advanced, it funny to think there was a time when you couldn’t call directly. Image

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