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Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell Paperback – 8 Nov 2012
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"The way that Monk writes freely about topics that aren’t directly linked to the plain facts of Mitchell’s biography... at first seems tangential, but it comes to be one of the best aspects of the book." Biographile.com
"Essential for the Joni Mitchell superfan, and even people more casually acquainted with her work may enjoy what they learn"Publishers Weekly
"Monk's [Joni] is the closest thing to essential reading. This unique and thoughtful biography is recommended for all fans of Joni Mitchell.”Library Journal, Starred review
"[Monk] lifts the veil on her fellow countrywoman. Her account of Mitchell's dramatic rise to fame and countless love affairs, which inspired her songs, makes for a riveting read." Christian Science Monitor, Top Pick
"With clear-cutting language and an encyclopedic rock knowledge, Monk pursues the project with the laser-sharp focus of an anthropologist, digging for a more genuine portrait of the love-song-singing ingenue. ...an insightful read from cover to cover"Boxx Music Magazine
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We are told in the introduction that at the age of six the author had a "prematurely existential shiver down her spine" from watching Ernie in the Muppets (as you do). This fact is tabled to enable her to compare Joni Mitchell to Ernie since "she's an ageless, genderless Muppet with a passion for mischief"? As no narrative is given to support this remarkably trite claim we move on from the frivolous to the pompous. Indeed a few pages later we find that Joni Mitchell developed without the "cauterising influence of the formally educated intellect" (translation = she didn't go to university). This enabled her to "traipse across the hostile landscapes of modern thought where the likes of Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus and Friedrich Nietzsche forever ride the metaphysical merry ground chasing the elusive ring of human meaning". Oh yuck!
No one doubts that Joni Mitchell's deep thinking brilliance and illumination of the human condition is her core strength but when it is put the mangle of Monks six form philosophy and tortuous prose the result is excruciating. The book is littered with paragraph's so embarrassing you wince and feel your skin crawl. Thus Monk feels that Joni Mitchell is "the only human being in modern existence to approach the heights of the Nietzschean superman". To prove this we are treated to an essay mid way through the book where Monk develops this theme to the point of tedium. This reviewer has no doubts that scholars of the great German philosopher are already filing for damages or hiring a hitman. As for the proper commentary on Joni Mitchell's music this is almost incidental. "Both Sides Now" is described as a "catchy tune", whilst "Car on the hill "is truly catchy". The themed chapters make the book an irritating slog not least one on "Woodstock" Myth and Mythmaking" which is essentially a very poor potted history of the festival. In the chapter on "Love" bizarrely Morrissey is described as the "black trousered sex symbol"; but worse is the hilarious metaphor to far that "Mitchell blazed an impressive trail through the sexual moonscape of L.A.'s arid canyons and dry gulches". Honestly this book is a little horror story and the only way it would provide any illumination would be to place it on the barbecue.
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