Jeff Ayeroff: “ Paul Simon had just spent two years working with African musicians crafting his soon-to-be Grammy-winning Graceland. He said he was interested in the Christian Coptic art he saw there. After looking through five stacks of books, I found this piece that had a nativity to it, a Don Quixote–type figure that conveyed the idea of a journey, which was what Paul went on. So I scrawled a note that this would make a great album cover, and Paul went, ‘Yep, that’s it. We’re done.’ A couple of years ago, he sent this book back to me with a note saying, ‘I thought you should have this.’ ”
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