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Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell

Joni The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell An illuminating portrait of one of Canada s most brilliant and defiant musical icons From the moment Joni Mitchell s career began with coffee house bookings serendipitous encounters with established

  • Title: Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell
  • Author: Katherine Monk
  • ISBN: 9781553658375
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • An illuminating portrait of one of Canada s most brilliant and defiant musical icons.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 fAn illuminating portrait of one of Canada s most brilliant and defiant musical icons.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 sicknes have influenced her creative expression 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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    1. An okay biography with not nearly enough about the first six albums. Not much of anything new, though. I wouldn't call it a rehash, but it wasn't exactly groundbreaking either. For the time being I'm going to pass on these interchangeable Joni books and wait for the epic many volumed autobiography to be written and released.

    2. Katherine Monk has produced one of the more readable 'Joni' books - that she accomplished this herculean task without having interviewed the lady is somewhat icky? Still, of all the 'Joni' books - and I have read them all - this is the one I enjoyed the most.Why then,you might ask,only 3 stars? Well, for the simple reason that Monk did not interview Joni. And because I am looking for a book that doesn't just state the facts. I want to KNOW the woman. I want to know how she felt the first time s [...]

    3. Not badly written, in terms of language. The root premise of the book is misplaced and potentially hurtful to its subject, perhaps despite the author's best intentions. In the end, especially after the author admits in the intro that she chose this angle (creative journey of Mitchell) after discovering she'd be limited to working with only existing information (Mitchell is wary of interviewers and researchers). I read all the way through to the first bit of Chapter Nine, the last chapter, and ev [...]

    4. I was really excited to see this in the Biography section of my local library. I was definitely disappointed. It was more a strange psychoanalysis of Joni by someone who has never met her, based only on her lyrics and interviews that other people had done with her. It also contained way more theory from psychologists and philosophers than I was expecting in a Joni Mitchell biography: it was more Jung than Young.Through the Introduction and Acknowledgements, it becomes clear that the author, Kath [...]

    5. Rock star biographies don't usually require the reader to brush up on their knowledge of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, but Katherine Monk's book is subtitled "The Creative Odyssey of Joni MItchell" and the author is serious about finding the source and inspiration behind the iconic folk singer's creative drive. The result is a very thoughtful and very insightful book that takes the time to muse about the creative process and the internal conflicts it, by necessity, spawns. Yes, there is [...]

    6. Huge Joni fan and read most of book while listening to her music. Believe that Blue and Court/Spark are masterpieces and this book was filled with insights on Joni's loves, politics, art and philosophy. I agree with this statement- a family, a casserole, a painting, a song - we are all here to make something.

    7. I've been a fan of Joni's music all my life. This book was very personal -- as personal as Joni will allow you to get. She is a very private person, and this book opened the door with a few vignettes and stories that give a hint of Joni's own story. I truly enjoyed it.

    8. This is a must read for all those who have followed Joni Mitchell's creative path. Her creative genius is inspirational and mystifying.

    9. This book starts out very thick and cerebral, delving into the intricacies of uniqueness and creativity. The author speaks of the travails of the artist being of this world while feeling apart from it. Her self consciousness made her feel selfish and she didn't try to deny it. She didn't feel superior, just different. She didn't spend much time trying to psychoanalyze herself, she just let it out through her music. About a quarter of the way through, the writing becomes more balanced with the ti [...]

    10. "She was more of an artist-astronaut, extracting the ore of human meaning from the act of personal creation." (p.xiii)"piloted by her own craft." (p.xiv)"Nietzsche believed that to be a fully realized human being, one must overcome oneself: unchain the creator within, even if that means bulldozing the walls of institutional thinking." (p.xvi)"The tougher things get, the less art seems to matter. And yet, at a time when the local entrepreneurial spirit has been steamrolled by offshore manufacturi [...]

    11. Joni had intriguing themes, but came across as almost a vanity project of sorts that dives way too deeply into something that's actually a little shallow.

    12. The author makes some interesting connections, but the book reads like a graduate thesis lacking a critical eye.

    13. I questioned a lot of this, because I felt like at times there just wasn't enough that was purely Joni and her music or really even her life. But, it was well written.

    14. JONI - Katherine MonkThe creative odyssey of Joni Mitchellby Katherine MonkJONIA BOOK REVIEWRoberta Joan Anderson a Canadian, born November 7, 1943. From childhood, a special child. I was never a big fan of Joni Mitchell.Growing up she wanted to play boys games, cowboys. A real tom-boy. Always wanted to be the star performer, the male lead and was always denied by the boys who told her she could only be Dale Evans. And that Dale stayed home and cooked. She wouldn't play. Her father preferring he [...]

    15. Probably closer to a 3.5 rating if that were an option. The book is Monk's attempt, as subtitle suggests, to deconstruct Mitchell's artistic impulse. We learn about her bout with polio, her transition from Joan Anderson to Joni Mitchell, and her relationships with a succession of '70s icons from Bob Dylan to Jackson Brown to David Crosby to Graham Nash to Leonard Cohen to James Taylor. Monk traces Mitchell's evolution as a singer/songwriter with an emphasis on the artist's philosophical underpin [...]

    16. Oh, why was this ever written? By her own account Monk was not a fan, and knew little about Joni Mitchell. She had to look for an "angle". She had no access to Mitchell, or "her people" (which partly explains why her research is limited to older biographies, interviews and the odd youtube clip). The angle that Monk finally found is deeply routed in the psychobabble which runs through this fairly dire book. Unless Nietzsche, Jung and Freud are your thing, I'd avoid this book. Maybe, not even then [...]

    17. Pretentious grad-school drivel (and as far as I can tell, the author doesn't even have the excuse of being in grad school). The book is indeed about about Mitchell's "creative odyssey," primarily her influences, and most of all, about how Leonard Cohen and Nietzsche affected her being and her work. But the author goes on and on about these two, long past the point she needs to. Oddly, she does very little discussion or criticism of Mitchell's songs except to mention her unique and difficult guit [...]

    18. As a young woman I loved Joni's music. She could verbalize my feelings and experiences in a musical poetic clear way. I crossed paths with her and a couple of her lovers. But this book wasn't what I expected it to be. I should have read the notes more closely. The author didn't even get to interview her. She relied of previous interviews and her interpretations of Joni's music and life. I have no need to finish this book.

    19. This book was well enough written and interesting enough, but at times was far too hyperbolic and fawning over Joni's (admittedly great) talent. I liked the idea of meshing biography with criticism, but it was a little thin on the former and much of the latter seemed superficial, occasionally reading like an undergraduate paper written at 4am the night before it's due and grasps at so many straws but doesn't delve deeply into any of them.

    20. Only interesting for the occasional stumbling over a famous 60s musical "name". I skimmed this very fast--& still felt cheated. Sort of a mediation/riff on what might have happened in JM's lifed how she MIGHT have felt about it all. JM comes across as pretty self-centered and unattractive in the quoted words from various interviews. Apparently this author never met her. A waste of time to read & I gave up.

    21. Really enjoyed this trip down memory lane and into the psyche of Joni. Very well researched by Monk and I do believe she channeled Joni as she alludes to in the end. This is not a gossip book. It looks at possible/likely reasons for why Joni is the person she is. Wonderful references to Nietzche which I thoroughly enjoyed. Well done Ms. Monk!

    22. Sometimes read more like a thesis than a biography, like when she was diving a little too deep into trying to back up her theories about Joni's music with quotes from various philosophers. She takes people to task sometimes for sounding sycophantic but glass houses, etc. A little too precious with the metaphors as well. Still, the parts about Joni's life were interesting.

    23. Monk has bitten off more, intellectually, than she can chew. She reads every philosopher at face value, and seems to see Joni Mitchell not as a person who has thought deeply about the world, and embodied those thoughts in music, but as a handy hook to hang the coat of philosophy on. Disappointing, since a book like this - but good - is so badly needed.

    24. A beautiful critical look at what it means to be an artist and creator, through the lens of Joni Mitchell's fascinating life. All artists (musicians, writers, painters, you name it) should read, as should all folk music fans.

    25. It's rare that I read a book on Joni Mitchell and learn something new. Monk hits the biographical highlights but spends more time on the philosophy and spirituality that have influenced Mitchell's work.

    26. I did enjoy it. I enjoy anything about Joni. However, this was written in an interesting way and gave me some details I did not known.

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