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Although its cover art does little to dissolve self-serious folksinger stereotypes (matching black turtlenecks? Artfully cocked heads?), 1968's Bookends is a stunning collection that includes two of the duo's most heartbreaking songs: Whose stomach doesn't plummet once or twice during "Mrs. Robinson" ("Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you," Simon implores) or "America" ("'Kathy, I'm lost, 'I said, though I knew she was sleeping / I'm empty and aching and I don't know why")? Looking beyond the beauty of its melodies, Bookends is also a brutal examination — pre-blog — of the identity-grasping that almost every 25-year-old endures (Simon was 27 when it was released).