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1.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell - Total Headcase, 1 Nov 2006
This review is from: Woman Of Heart And Mind [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I saw Joni at the CSN&Y concert at Wembley London UK in 1974. I only really remember her short hairstyle which is not how we typically imagine her now, and also her rendition of "Free Man in Paris". Little did I imagine that Robben Ford the guitarist with LA Express would become so revered amongst blues guitar players later on in his career.

For me the DVD shouldn't be viewed by Joni Mitchell fans. She comes over as a self obsessed egoist. She broke Graham Nash's heart (she admits it herself that it was for the benefit of her art/career) and to abandon her daughter like that - come on - "pigs have wings"!

"Little Green" perhaps best describes Joni, than her abandoned daughter. Greed, ego, power. How dare she have the Hypocrisy to attack the music industry that made her famous.

I wish I'd never had a glimpse behind the toothy smile. She might be revered as a genius by the critics but for me no no...................

For me the DVD would be better more aptly entitled "Woman of Ambition in search of absolution"
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2011 19:50:41 GMT
Actually, the record industry does not 'make' a true artist famous.
It's only interested in how much financial gain is to be made for them.
Fame normally occurs as a result of raw talent + drive/determination = fans want to see/hear and buy the artists' records.

See also the Tom Petty documentary (Runnin' down a dream) which also does not shy away from the fact sacrifices do unfortunately have to be made for the career to take it's path (also shows MCA up for what they are).

The 'survivors' like Joni and Tom HAVE to be ruthless sometimes, no-one will make it by being 'nice'.

Posted on 13 Sep 2012 12:29:52 BDT
P. Stephens says:
I think you're being harsh over Joni's 'abandoned' daughter. Today a woman can pursue a career while bringing up a child alone, but in the early 1960s single mothers were still treated like criminals (or, on occasions, lunatics), and she thought she was providing for her child by marrying Chuck Mitchell.

There are lots of people around who think they're great artists, but in Joni's case it was no delusion - she really was one of the great creative artists of the late 20th century (as the music in this film shows). The bottom line is - if you could create music like Joni Mitchell, what would you do? Give it up to raise a child in poverty and shame rather than let it go to a safe home? Stay in Laurel Canyon to make Graham Nash happy rather than go off and write 'Blue' and 'For the Roses'? She had to make hard choices but in her case she knew they were actually worth making because of what she was capable of creating.

Posted on 1 Jan 2013 00:10:56 GMT
Agnes Andrea says:
I judge an artist by her/his artistic accomplishments - which in this case consist in some of the all-time greatest work in the singersongwriter field.
As a rule I try not to judge anyone's personal life if I don't know the situations and the motivations. So many people already talking about things they don't know.

Posted on 6 Jan 2013 10:25:04 GMT
Surely the influences, set backs, challenges she faced made her what she is and that's why she created such great music?

Posted on 7 Feb 2013 11:11:04 GMT
mox888 says:
Wow what it must be like to be you! Someone with such insight into someone you don't know that you can sit in judgement. Sure she talks about herself and the people in her would be an odd "bio-pic" that didn't but you see that as egotism.

It's as if you had already made up you mind about Joni before listening...carry pre-conceptions into the discussion, you'll modify whatever you hear to confirm those prejudices.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 20:37:22 BDT

Posted on 22 Jun 2013 20:34:21 BDT
Christopher Poust? Wait, is that ... oh Graham c'mon, you can't still be bitter after all these years ...

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 14:35:55 BDT
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