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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Joni Still Has Spark

Update More Joni at Rolling Stone.  She reveals that she shut down plans for a bio-pic about her that was to star...Taylor Swift.  All that had, she said, was "a girl with high cheek bones." 

Earlier: Typically frank new interview with Joni Mitchell in major magazine in her native Canada.  Her four-disc (plus paintings) retrospective coming up.  One excerpt:

Q: You’ve stated in your liner notes that the Grammys look like a porn convention. Many people consider BeyoncĂ© to be subversive.

I once found the whole pimp-ho underbelly very interesting too. I’m not afraid or critical of that scene—I find it very colourful. But when it rises to the top and you find a five-year-old saying, “Plant it here, bitch,” we’ve got a problem. America loves to glorify its criminals. It’s not good for children.

Q: Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus pleading she not allow the music industry to make a prostitute out of her.

Right on. That’s what it’s become: “show us your tits!” I also got buried at Geffen Records because of it. Girls were being harassed and [executives] told me, “Your music doesn’t make me feel young and happy.” Whitesnake was their lead act and when the company got sold for the fourth time, I called the owner and said, “My name is Joni Mitchell, I am an artist on your label, did you know that?” He said, “No.” I said, “Of course you didn’t because you haven’t made a dime so the people buying from you don’t know either, so give me back my masters.” Well, he wouldn’t.

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