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Will You Take Me as I am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period Hardcover – 5 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Free Press; 1 edition (5 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416559299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416559290
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Michelle Mercer, a regular contributor to National Public Radio in the US, is the author of the critically aclaimed biography Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter (J P Tarcher). Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Down Beat, and numerous other publications. She lives in Colorado in the US. Visit http://michellemercer.com/index.cfm

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Surprising book! Michelle Mercer obviously did her research and had a good working relationship with Joni Mitchell. Full of insightful background stories of how the artist came to write some of her songs, her need for solitude, and enjoyment of life among others.
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From a time not too long ago when it seemed almost impossible to get a decent book about Joni Mitchell, the bookshops are now seemingly overflowing with them. It's difficult to envisage anyone bettering Lloyd Whitesell's The Music Of Joni Mitchell, but in Will You Take Me As I Am Michelle Mercer at least gets close to the lady herself, and the book benefits from being more of an insider's account of a vital period in Mitchell's career.

Mercer begins with a test for prospective boyfriends. Are they able to articulate their appreciation for Blue in the way she wants them to? I'd have failed. For me, Mitchell had an air of the exotic, she told interesting stories, and some of the feelings and situations were ones I could identify with. I only became aware of the fancy chord changes and the finely crafted poetry much later. And as for the comparison with Debussy. At 15, at 25 even, I wouldn't have known who Debussy was. So, Michelle, don't expect my call anytime soon. I took the songs as they are.

Never mind, the book itself is a worthwhile read, exploring literary and philosophical areas only grazed, if that, by Whitesell. She covers St Augustine and the creation of Christian doctrine, TS Eliot and Symbolist poetry, and Dylan's and Lowell's rejection of Eliot's poetic aesthetic. There's Woody Guthrie and the folk tradition, Rousseau, the Enlightenment and modern autobiography, and a discussion of Mitchell in the context of Nietzsche's "new breed of poet", writing "in their own blood".

There's much debate as to the extent to which the songs within the "Blue Period", between Blue itself and Hejira, are autobiographical.
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This is the best attempt at a biography on the elusive and peerless Mitchell. Charting the 'BLUE PERIOD' is detailed and insightful, particularly since Mitchell herself is involved to a degree. From Blue through to Hejira, the book offers a fresh look at a woman who learned to believe in her gift and follow it to a level that trascended the narrow categories she was placed within - folk, rock, jazz, WOMAN! The only woman to match and better the men who were and still are regarded as gods. None of them come close musically or lyrically during this period ( especially Hejira) and it's nice to finally hear Bob and Neil and Leonard, acknowledging it. When the dust settles...........
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