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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; Reprint edition (20 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617130281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617130281
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle Mercer is a journalist and a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Down Beat, and numerous other publications. She is the author of Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. GF Settle VINE VOICE on 1 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in hard book after just dipping into it at my local book shop and I couldn't put it down.

I'm really glad it's now out in paperback so that more people will be given a chance to read a period of time that was capture by a wonderful artist for all to listen and in many ways strongly relate.

It's a lovely well researched book. A biography that reflects on Joni's influences, piers who often became her lovers, contemporary music, poetry, construction and content. No stones are left unturned in this book about her autobiographical songs that expose her innermost raw feelings and experiences, hence the title `Will you take me as I am'.

You learn a great deal about Joni and the detail behind the words of her songs, often from interviews with the author. Michelle Mercer takes you on a fascinating journey through her work that will probably open up a new understanding about yourself.

You may think that you understand the words of the songs but shortly after starting the book you will begin to realise that there is so much more. You will also start to realise that there is a lot of yourself in the songs and that if you start to realise this that Joni will be pleased, as that is one of her main aims.

Joni has always wanted to be recognised as an artist and has a fantastic collection of paintings to her name. As a muscian she never learnt to read music, study it's theory or read many books (up until she met Leonard Cohen) and yet she produced such great songs of depth and complexity. Joni was handicapped by polio and wouldn't have been able to learn to play a guitar in the traditional way.
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An interesting read. Not as revealing as I had anticipated. Style of writing was not always to my taste. As my first biography on Joni and honing in on my favourite period of her work it was an enjoyable read.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs P A Higgins on 11 Sep 2013
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If you are a fan of Joni this you should buy and read this story of her 'Blue' period. But, if you feel nothing for this amazing, gifted singer-songwriter then it will not please you very much!
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This is a terrible book. The author 20 Aug 2014
By Cletus - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrible book. The author, for some reason, spends a ridiculous amount of time writing of her hatred of the music of Dan Fogelberg. The rest of the book centers on her armchair psychological assessment of Joni Mitchell. Not much of a biography, more the writing of a fawning 9th grade fan.
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Good info, although the writer is kind of honking ... 2 Sep 2014
By Carl Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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Good info, although the writer is kind of honking her own horn a little. This is not an auto biography.
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By Jahana - Published on Amazon.com
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Mitchell deserves a better bio
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