Joni Mitchell: "Free love? It's a ruse for guys"
... Joni Mitchell
has spoken out against the Sixties' culture of free love. In an interview published in the new issue of Uncut, Mitchell says "Free love? It's a ruse for guys. There's no such thing. "Look at the rep I got, there was a list of people whose path I crossed... in the Summer Of Love they made me into a love-bandit. "So much for free love. Nobody knows more than me what a ruse that was. That was for guys coming out of Prohibition. It was hard to get laid before that." Mitchell - who turns 70 today [November 7] - discusses her extraordinary career in the interview, including her thoughts on contemporaries Bob Dylan, the Woodstock generation, and her landmark 1971 album, Blue. Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Joni Mitchell
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Joni Mitchell: "I like a lot of Bob Dylan's songs, but he's not very musically gifted"
... that character. It's a mask of sorts... To sustain a gift for a long time is rare." Mitchell was originally interviewed at length for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and this will be the first time this incredible, in-depth interview has been published in print. The new issue of Uncut (dated December 2013) is out now. Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and Joni Mitchell
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Joni Mitchell Albums From Worst To Best
... common with Schubert than any folk singer, in 1968, Rolling Stone condescendingly called her "the penny yellow blonde with a vanilla voice." The rippling effect of such faint praise has a way of damning even the most prestigious of pop stars. We are speaking relatively, of course. After all, Joni Mitchell
is a household name, which is more than you can say for Laura Nyro, Julie Driscoll, Rickie Lee Jones, or Judee Sill. But just as artists with appeal that initially seemed marginal or esoteric have with time been roundly and rightfully recognized for their trailblazing genius -- Lou, Patti, Iggy ... [ read more ]
Joni Mitchell (November 7, 1943)
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She was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada. She played a variety of instruments when she was young, but her primary interest was painting. In 1965, she was married for a short time to the Folk singer Chuck Mitchell, which is where she got her last name.
Mitchell is a very honored artist: She is a member of the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Billboard gave her their Century Award in 1995, and in 2002, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
She has been smoking cigarettes since the age of 9. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3)
The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal.
Jason co-wrote many of Colbie Caillat's hits, including "Bubbly" and "Realize."
John Lee Hooker
Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.