From the moment Joni Mitchell's career began with coffee-house bookings, serendipitous encounters with established stars, and a recording contract that gave her full creative control over her music the woman from the Canadian wheat fields has eluded industry cliches. When her peers were focused on feminism, Mitchell was plumbing the depths of her own human condition. When arena rock was king, she turned to jazz. When all others hailed Bob Dylan as a musical messiah, Mitchell saw a fraud burdened with halitosis. Unafraid to "write in her own blood," regardless of the cost, Mitchell has been vilified as a diva and embraced as a genius, but rarely has she been recognized as an artist and a thinker.
This new portrait of the reclusive icon examines how significant life events failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness have influenced her creative expression. Author Katherine Monk captures the rich legacy of her multifaceted subject in this offbeat account, weaving in personal reflections and astute cultural observations, and revealing the Mitchell who remains misunderstood.
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About the Author
Katherine Monk is a national movie journalist for Postmedia News Service. Her journalism career includes stints as a movie critic, pop music critic, and news reporter. Her bestselling book on Canadian film, Weird Sex and Snowshoes , was adapted to the screen by Omni Film in 2004. Joni Mitchell has been part of her life's soundtrack for as long as she can remember. She lives in Vancouver.
Table of Contents
• ne | Lady Looked Like a Dude: Impersonation and Identity 1
two | Facing Down the Grim Reaper: Illness and Survival 27
three | Baby Bumps: Expecting and Expectation 48
four | Woodstock: Myth and Mythmaking 88
five | Business and Bullshit 104
six | Gods and Monsters 136
seven | Love: The Big Production 193
eight | I’m Okay, You’re O’Keeff e 218
nine | Sing Shine Dance 232
What People are Saying About This
"I devoured this bookthrilling, dimensional, thorough; a gift to any Joni Mitchell fan; an in-depth portrait of the life of an artist. It felt oddly like tracking my own genealogy, as Joni Mitchell, unbeknownst to her, raised me from a very early age."
Edie Falco, star of Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos
"The way that Monk writes freely about topics that aren’t directly linked to the plain facts of Mitchell’s biography... at first seems tangential, but it comes to be one of the best aspects of the book." Biographile.com
"Essential for the Joni Mitchell superfan, and even people more casually acquainted with her work may enjoy what they learn"Publishers Weekly
"Monk's [Joni] is the closest thing to essential reading. This unique and thoughtful biography is recommended for all fans of Joni Mitchell.”Library Journal, Starred review
"[Monk] lifts the veil on her fellow countrywoman. Her account of Mitchell's dramatic rise to fame and countless love affairs, which inspired her songs, makes for a riveting read." Christian Science Monitor, Top Pick
"With clear-cutting language and an encyclopedic rock knowledge, Monk pursues the project with the laser-sharp focus of an anthropologist, digging for a more genuine portrait of the love-song-singing ingenue. ...an insightful read from cover to cover"Boxx Music Magazine
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are a Joni Mitchell fan and want to learn about her unique talents , the background info about her song lyrics,and the influences of a powerful time in history you will enjoy this book.I read two other books at the same time and for whatever reason liked this one the best. I was particularly interested in issues women faced in the fifties and sixties as I was trying to understand my mothers generation a bit better. Like many people Joni,s lyrics have been with me for over 20 yrs and in this book you get more insight into the meaning behind the songs. Read the book you won,t be disappointed.
I hated this book didn't even care to finish it. The author blabs on and on. I thought I was buying a biography of Joni Mitchell and thats not what was delivered.