Recent Big Issue cover stars Paul Simon and Charlie Mackesy have come together for a surprise collaboration of music and painting.
Legendary singer-songwriter Simon’s 15th album Seven Psalms is a beautiful suite of songs dealing with big issues around love, loss, mortality, home and God. It was released to great acclaim in May – accompanied by a world exclusive interview with The Big Issue, by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
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Ahead of the album’s release, the singer and writer of some of the best-loved songs of all time also contacted Mackesy, whose beloved book The Boy, the Mole, the Foxand the Horse has touched millions of hearts.
He asked whether Mackesy would consider creating works in response to the songs. Mackesy, a lifelong fan, unsurprisingly took on Simon’s challenge.
And when the pair appeared together at the launch of their surprise collaboration in London, The Big Issue was there.