Joni on Joni Interviews and encounters with Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Book - 2018

"Few artists of the 20th century are as intriguing as Joni Mitchell. She was a solidly middle-class, buttoned-up bohemian; an anti-feminist who loved men but scorned free love; a female warrior taking on the male music establishment. She was both the party girl with torn stockings and the sensitive poet. She often said she would be criticized for staying the same or changing, so why not take the less boring option? Her earthy, poetic lyrics ( the geese in chevron flight in Urge for Going), ...the phrases that are now part of the culture (They paved paradise, put up a parking lot), and the unusual melodic intervals traced by that lissome voice earned her the status of a pop legend. Fearless experimentation ensured that she will also be seen as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Joni on Joni is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of some of Mitchell's most illuminating interviews, spanning the years 1966 to 2014. Many are revealing pieces from her early years in Canada and Detroit, and influential articles such as Cameron Crowe's Rolling Stone piece appear. Interspersed throughout the book are key quotes from dozens of additional Q&As. Together, this material paints a revealing picture of the artist--bragging and scornful, philosophical and deep, but also a beguiling flirt"--Provided by publisher.

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Series
Musicians in their own words.
Subjects
Genres
Interviews
Published
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press [2018]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xvii, 398 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780914090359
0914090356
Main Author
Joni Mitchell (interviewee)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This latest in the "Musicians in Their Own Words" series collects 27 newspaper, magazine, television, and radio interviews with singer-songwriter Mitchell (b. 1943). Editor Whitall (Women of Motown) prefaces each entry with context. The interviews span Mitchell's career from 1966, following the commercial success of her early folk albums and the polarizing jazz albums that ensued, to 2014. The first piece, a 1966 article from the Detroit News, is a vignette of her marriage to Chuck Mitchell and their shared career in Detroit's folk music scene. Cameron Crowe's 1979 Rolling Stone interview with Mitchell provides insight into an artist who takes direction from her muse, not her fans. Sylvie Simmons, biographer of Leonard Cohen (I'm Your Man), interviews Mitchell about her creative process in 1988. Later conversations offer a retrospective on the artist's career and biographical details. VERDICT This fascinating portrait of an artist is highly recommended for Mitchell's fans and readers interested in the creative process.—Emily Hamstra, Seattle Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A book that is arranged chronologically features the most illuminating interviews with the pop legend, from her early years in Canada and Detroit to her era- and generation-defining time in Southern California, including her Rolling Stone interview with Cameron Crowe.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Few artists of the 20th century are as intriguing as Joni Mitchell. She was a solidly middle-class, buttoned-up bohemian; an anti-feminist who loved men but scorned free love; a female warrior taking on the male music establishment. She was both the party girl with torn stockings and the sensitive poet. She often said she would be criticized for staying the same or changing, so why not take the less boring option? Her earthy, poetic lyrics ( the geese in chevron flight in Urge for Going), the phrases that are now part of the culture (They paved paradise, put up a parking lot), and the unusual melodic intervals traced by that lissome voice earned her the status of a pop legend. Fearless experimentation ensured that she will also be seen as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Joni on Joni is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of some of Mitchell's most illuminating interviews, spanning the years 1966 to 2014. Many are revealing pieces from her early years in Canada and Detroit, and influential articles such as Cameron Crowe's Rolling Stone piece appear. Interspersed throughout the book are key quotes from dozens of additional Q&As. Together, this material paints a revealing picture of the artist--bragging and scornful, philosophical and deep, but also a beguiling flirt"--Provided by publisher.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Few artists are as intriguing as Joni Mitchell. She was a solidly middle-class, buttoned-up bohemian; an anti-feminist who loved men but scorned free love; a female warrior taking on the male music establishment. She was both the party girl with torn stockings and the sensitive poet. She often said she would be criticized for staying the same or changing, so why not take the less boring option? Her earthy, poetic lyrics ('the geese in chevron flight' in 'Urge for Going'), the phrases that are now part of the culture ('they paved paradise, put up a parking lot'), and the unusual melodic intervals traced by that lissome voice earned her the status of a pop legend. Fearless experimentation ensured that she will also be seen as one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century.Joni on Joni is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of some of Mitchell's most illuminating interviews, spanning the years 1966 to 2014. It includes revealing pieces from her early years in Canada and Detroit along with influential articles such as Cameron Crowe's never-before-anthologized Rolling Stone piece. Interspersed throughout the book are key quotes from dozens of additional Q&As. Together, this material paints a revealing picture of the artist' bragging and scornful, philosophical and deep, but also a beguiling flirt.