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I recently wrote an essay for Bookforum about record album cover art, ostensibly a review of a handful of books that collect classic examples of the form. You can read it here. The essay starts out with a personal remembrance of spending a lot of time thinking about the cover of Joni Mitchell’s album Hejira, from which the above song is taken. I think that the jacket was one of my first exposures to something like surrealist art, and I try to argue that for a lot of people of my generation, growing up far from good museums, the album cover was an essential introduction to the visual. In many cases, it really was mind-expanding! You could read the Hejira cover like a good short story. All that’s changed now, of course, for better or for worse.