Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words Hardcover – 1 Oct 2014
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"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." "Publishers Weekly"
In the rare interviews she gives, Joni Mitchell doesn't hold back. This is even truer in Malka Marom's new book about the musician's life and creative process. Mitchell comes across as more candid and outspoken than usual, likely due to the fact that Marom is part of Mitchell's inner circle of friends. "Quill & Quire"
The gifted, adventurous musician talks as brilliantly as she writes and sings. "Kirkus Reviews"
Curiously, I find I admire Mitchell more and more as I get older (the opposite of my experience with most of her fellow 70s singer-songwriters). Albums like Hejira and Blue now sound undeniably like great art, and don t lean one bit on nostalgia to do so. But she s always been an enigma to me, and I m hoping this book will be full of quiet revelations. "New York Times"
An unflinching insight into the eight-times Grammy winning singer/songwriter s lifelong battle with chronic illness, the pain of giving up her daughter for adoption, paranoia and a rare disease that literally makes her feel like her skin is crawling. "Daily Mail"
This valuable book not only portrays an enduring artist but also reflects several decades of changing societal and musical culture. It will appeal to a wide audience and should be a part of music collections in public or academic libraries. "Library Journal"
About the Author
Malka Marom began her career as a folksinger, in the popular duo Malka & Joso, who were the first to bring world music to Canada. As a soloist, Marom has performed on stage, TV, and radio around the world. She is also known and respected as a radio broadcaster and documentary maker and is the author of the bestselling novel "Sulha." Marom lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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The real value of this book is that, unlike any of the other books about Mitchell I have encountered, it is based entirely on interviews with Mitchell herself, with Marom’s own views comprised in her questions and comments which Mitchell is then able either to repudiate or elaborate upon. This was only partially true of Michelle Mercer’s Will You Take Me As I Am, and Katherine Monk’s Joni uses other people’s interviews (to name two of the other seven Mitchell-related books, all but one reviewed, now on my shelves).
Thus we can infer the disappointment Mitchell feels with people who have been close to her and with the music industry in general. The snide comments and articles in Rolling Stone clearly still rankle, and understandably so. The cynicism of some of her associates appears to have left a scar.Read more ›
Have you ever watched those celebrity biography shows where they interview them and show us tidbits of their lives? That's what this is, and episode of that in book format. It plays out so well in your mind because of all the personal photos that are included. You never lose sight of where you are in her life. Even though I was already a fan, I feel I know so much more about Joni Mitchell now and am a bigger fan now.
The ending felt cut-off, but I suppose the end of an interview tape would be.
This is now one of my favorite celebrity biographies to date.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book to read full of wisdom and a good insight into Joni's career ! I recommend it to anyone who appreciates great journalism and great subjects!Published 2 months ago by Lieder
Wonderful read for anyone who loves Joni and her music. Puts many of her songs into context and explains much about her life and her talentPublished 2 months ago by Mrs J Gilhooley
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