A lush exploration of Joni Mitchell’s career and art
When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom had the opportunity to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she was eager to reconnect with the performer she’d first met late one night in 1966 at a Yorkville coffeehouse. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their most recent recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process.
In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni’s childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes . . . This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of illuminating a timeless body of work and inspiring others.
The creative process is a central theme in this new book of conversations with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. The interviews between Mitchell and Canadian broadcaster, singer and musician Marom span from 1973 to 2012 covering a wide-range of topics, from Mitchell's childhood and early career to her views on poverty and on relationships, but they always circle back to Mitchell's music. Reproduced as transcripts, the conversations are interspersed with excerpts from interviews with Mitchell's contemporaries. After Mitchell recounts how Elliot Roberts became her manager, Roberts's account of the first time he saw her perform follows. Helpfully, whenever they refer to a specific song, its lyrics are reproduced in full. In some cases, they are included simply because they form a complementary juxtaposition to the subjects being discussed. The interviews are presented in full without any breaks that might interrupt the flow of an organic conversation, which does make it difficult for the reader to find a convenient place to pause or to go back and reread certain sections. The book, which includes photographs and reproductions of Mitchell's paintings, makes for a compelling narrative of the creative life and is recommended for both Mitchell fans and for music lovers.
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I have the hard copy of this book, and was emailed the iBooks version by the publisher. ECW press will do this for any book you purchase.
This book is a truly fascinating read. It offers a very detailed view into the life and mind of an artist, who shares thoughts on creativity, her life and the industry. It is full if richly detailed stories, and offers a look at the challenges faced by someone so devoted to their work.
The author is clearly an artist in her own right, and has the ability to ask the right questions at the right times to elicit a collection of amazing stories.
I had a difficult time putting it down, and will definitely read this book again!