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Disappointed. It's OK
on 15 December 2016
Disappointed. It's OK, but not in any way gripping as a biography of an utterly genius musician/singer song writer should be. It's lumpen and scattered, and sometimes seems more about the author proving literary merit, and making sure we know that Joni is a normal mortal with personality issues and ego, with whom she has had many conversations, etc. It reminded me of an earnest academic essay from a first year at college. High cultural references are levered in, clunkily, as if these were part of the grade requirements. I am sorry to say this, as it is clearly a major acheivement to write the thing and get it published. I put it down several times, but my desire to dig around kept me returning, and putting up with the fact it does't flow. It would be so much better if it just sat straighter with the information, rather than include so much of the writer.
I am writing this as another reviewer said it was one of the best on Ms Mitchell - which is why I bought it. Thing is, Joni Mitchell's work is totally interesting, so I would prefer something that reminds, refreshes and elucidates the life and work - or better still, please Joni, may you auto your own biography? Mr Dylan did the brilliant Chronicles, and Ms Smith the fantastic M Train and Just Kids. That would be amazing.