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Thread #129008   Message #2895440
Posted By: PoppaGator
27-Apr-10 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Joni Mitchell -Dylan is 'a plagiarist'
Subject: RE: Joni Mitchell -Dylan is 'a plagiarist'
The interviewer/reporter struck me as even crabbier than Joni, who was herself, quite obviously, not in a very good mood. Seems to me that a sour and depressed psychlogical state must be part of a syndrome caused by her weird illness.

I was particularly struck at the writer's intimation that Joni had no business dumping on Bob for making up a name for himself because her name was/is, according to him, just as "fake." No so: her middle name is "Joan," and lots of people go by their middle name. As for her last name, she was married to a guy named Mitchell who was her duet partner back when she was first breaking into the music biz. The marriage didn't last very long, but her name was Mitchell, publicly and legally, when she got started as a perfomer, and she maintained that (minimally) established identity when she went solo, both onstage and off.

On the other hand, I'm not giving Joni a pass on all of her bullshit. She has no business criticizing Grace and Janis for sleeping with fellow musicians, since she herself enjoyed a series of widely publicized affairs with high-profile performers. Not bandmates in her case ~ fellow headliner-types: but what difference could that possibly make? A lot of people, not just famous ones, practiced that kind of "serial monogamy" back in a golden era when there were no "social diseases" that couldn't be cured with a shot of penicillin.

As for as The Bob is concerned ~ don't get me started! (See upmteen-million earlier discussions elsewhere on this site.)

To my perception, both Joni and Bob were and are geniuses, artists able to create unique music that could only have come from the mind and spirit of one individual, her/himself. Not everyone perceives their work as positively as I do(obviously); however, the fact that in both cases not everyone "gets it" means nothing. The success achieved by both of these artists is proof positive that LOTS of people DO appreciate their work.