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Title:
Joni Mitchell : in her own words
Author:
Mitchell, Joni, interviewee.
Publication Information:
Toronto : ECW Press, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
xxv, 259 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Summary:
When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom had the opportunity to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she was eager to reconnect with the performer she'd first met late one night in 1966 at a Yorkville coffeehouse. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process. In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni's childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes... This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of illuminating a timeless body of work and inspiring others.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781770411326
Format :
Book

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When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom had the opportunity to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she was eager to reconnect with the performer she'd first met late one night in 1966 at a Yorkville coffeehouse. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process.

In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words , Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni's childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes . . .

This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of illuminating a timeless body of work and inspiring others.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The creative process is a central theme in this new book of conversations with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell. The interviews between Mitchell and Canadian broadcaster, singer and musician Marom span from 1973 to 2012 covering a wide-range of topics, from Mitchells childhood and early career to her views on poverty and on relationships, but they always circle back to Mitchells music. Reproduced as transcripts, the conversations are interspersed with excerpts from interviews with Mitchells contemporaries. After Mitchell recounts how Elliot Roberts became her manager, Robertss account of the first time he saw her perform follows. Helpfully, whenever they refer to a specific song, its lyrics are reproduced in full. In some cases, they are included simply because they form a complementary juxtaposition to the subjects being discussed. The interviews are presented in full without any breaks that might interrupt the flow of an organic conversation, which does make it difficult for the reader to find a convenient place to pause or to go back and reread certain sections. The book, which includes photographs and reproductions of Mitchells paintings, makes for a compelling narrative of the creative life and is recommended for both Mitchell fans and for music lovers. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In a captivating introduction, Canadian singer/broadcast journalist/novelist Marom (Sulha) describes first meeting Joni Mitchell and hearing her perform in 1966. It was a profound experience and the author later welcomed the opportunity to interview this future friend and talented songwriter of "Both Sides Now," "Woodstock," and countless others. These interviews (conducted in 1973, 1979, and 2012) form the basis of Marom's book. They are wonderfully revealing, providing an honest portrait of Mitchell, from her life's challenges and the development of a singular musical identity to her career, fame, and accomplishments as a visual artist. Marom is a sensitive interviewer, and Mitchell willingly shares details about her interior world and eclectic creative processes, and she does so with marked eloquence-well-told anecdotes, intriguing insights into the thematic material of her songs, and thoughtful comments on life, people, art, culture, and the music industry. Mitchell's story will resonate on a universal level, just as her timeless music has already done. Song lyrics are generously interspersed throughout, and well-chosen photographs (including those of her fine paintings) enhance this absorbing text. VERDICT 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. [See Q&A with Marom on p. 88.]-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.