The interviews indicate Mitchell's longstanding affinity for black culture In addition to working with musicians such as Charlie Mingus, Mitchell also describes how she once dressed as a black man for a Halloween party in the s She completed the outfit by placing her rock award around her neck, which began a fad in the black community for wearing gold medallions !
Although Mitchell apparently does not ascribe to any nationalism in her creative output, she feels most at home at her British Columbia residence near Sechelt. She refers to the melody of "Magdalene Laundries" as reminiscent of that landscape Fellow Canadians including Leonard Cohen, Emily Carr and Buffy Sainte-Marie have been strong influences upon her poetry, of which the album Hejira is particularly noteworthy in terms of its evolution.
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The description of her initial exposure to First Peoples in Maidstone, Saskatchewan, explains her subsequent references to, and affinity for, their experiences in songs such as "Cherokee Louise" and "Paprika Plains. In short, this book presents numerous insights into Mitchell's creativity as a composer, painter, poet and singer.
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Generally well-edited except for a typo of "than" instead of "that" on page 65 and the surname not being provided for "Graham" on page 51, the book could have benefitted with the presence of footnotes and especially an index. For example, Joni Mitchell takes particular pride in the anti-war ballet, The Fiddle and the Drum, showcasing the dancing aspect of her songs, but it is not referenced as being created by Alberta Ballet Neither the interview nor Marom makes it clear as to what she considered her "rock award.
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You must be registered and log in to add a permanently indexed comment. Library of Articles. 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. I really enjoyed this compilation of interviews with Joni Mitchell over a 40 year span of time.
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