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:
stated in your liner notes that the Grammys look like a porn convention.
Many people consider Beyoncé 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
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Joni Still Has Spark
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @GregMitch