Joni Mitchell: Classic or Dud

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I'm not normally one for the acoustic singy-songwrity pantheon but I'll be gosh-darned if "Blue" doesn't just *floor* me. So for that, classic.

Trouble is, I'm too unfamiliar with the rest of her work. Enlighten me but answer the thread question as well, please. ;-)

Venga, Friday, 13 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Dud, Dud and thrice Dud. Annoyingly "twee" hippy songstress with a piercing warble that could make dogs' heads explode. Ick!

alex in nyc, Friday, 13 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Is she related to Grant and Phil?

DG, Friday, 13 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I liked "Urge for Going" and "Conversation". Poor homebound Canadian girl!! True though, she does warble too much. Final verdict-dud.

Joseph Wasko, Friday, 13 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Classic. I remember that on one ill-advised attendance of a cadet leadership camp, mentally replaying her better songs in my head was pretty much what got me through the week. Now admittedly I was fourteen and high-strung at the time, but I still reckon she was, when on form, an unbeatable lyricist. The true classic in her back catalogue is _Hejira_, which of course everyone needs, as it strikes the perfect balance between her early directness and her later abstraction (and her early warbling and later nicotine-enhanced rasp, for that matter).

Tim, Friday, 13 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

The single worst artist to ever live? Not only do I hate her on principle, but I found Blue to be the most painful album to get through this side of Pink Moon.

Otis Wheeler, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

'Hejira' is the only album I've heard- 'Song for Sharon' and 'Coyote' in particular are excellent. The lyrics and instrumentation floor me.

Geordie loves it fretless, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Pure garbage. Not fit to pick the toenails of Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley. Bloody ugly, as well.

Johnathan, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

cobblers. She was & is HOT!!! "Hejira" is a truly beautiful record, better than all that dylan shite wot folks from old-fart magazines get all hot & bothered over. Joni=classic!

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norman fay, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

HOT!!! Joni Mitchell! Now you're just being silly.

Johnathan, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

No, he's NOT! (though it's beside the point)

I got "Blue" and "Ladies of the Canyon" for my parents, not thinking I'd ever want them for myself. And why is it that 'warbling' should be considered a bad sound to listen to? Her voice on those two records is lovely!

youn, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I figure there's just something I don't get about her music. I've tried it on for size lotsa times over the years & the only song i ever developed a lasting liking for is "The Jungle Line" off "The Hissing Of Summer Lawns".
I'm glad I still don't get it actually, it means I'm (still) Not Adult-Oriented.

Duane Zarakov, Saturday, 14 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I have Blue and Court And Spark and like both a lot. Blue, especially. I do think, though, that my appreciation has something to do with nostalgia. The whole hippie outlook of that kind of music, (and the sound, too) were what the softer side of the radio was all about when I was a kid in the 70s (both records came out a few years before I would have heard them; but the late 70s still had plenty of that singer/songwriter stuff going.) So I'm not going to cram it down anyone's throat, just because I have certain associations from a certain time & place. I will say that Blue has some fantastic melodies & I'm going to say Classic just on the basis of those two records. I guess I'm more of a hippie than a punk.

Mark, Sunday, 15 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Dud as hell. One only needs to listen to her whining at the Isle of Wight festival. Along those lines, the whole of the 60's folk revival (with Dylan et al) has always escaped my sphere of likes, or even my sphere of intellectual appreciation. It just seems so fake. Or maybe I'm just a cynic.

JM, Monday, 16 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

'My Old Man' (Blue) astonishes me. I used to hear it as a kid, and rediscovering it recently made me shiver with - with memory, nostalgia, something recovered, I suppose; but also with what felt like its innate qualities, the extraordinary intuitive suppleness of the melody, her delivery of it, the plangency of the piano chords. The one thing that let me down was reading the lyrics (I'd not really made them out from listening), which didn't measure up to the sheer emotional charge of the pure aural experience at all.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 18 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I hate "Big Yellow Taxi" with a passion called hate, to paraphrase Mr Weller and Ms Headon. But wherever "Night In The City" is (not on 'Blue' I don't think), I like it there.

More to the point, did anyone see that Norwegian girl doing Joni Mitchell on Stars In Euro Eyes?

Tom, Thursday, 19 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Yeah Tom ...she had scary teeth

Geordie Racer, Thursday, 19 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"whining"? "Warbling"? Are some posters getting Ms Mitchell mixed upw/joan baez? (now she was *d*u*d*!) I think Joni Mitchell's voice is very pure-sounding, not warbly at all.

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NoRMaN FaY, Thursday, 19 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

By 'warbling', I thought people meant that she used vocal effects - modulations in pitch, etc. - too much, with the implication that her singing was skilled, but heartless, like Mariah Carey's. I think her voice sounds very pure, too, and didn't know that the terms were mutually exclusive.

Norman, it's funny that you mention Joan Baez in relation to this. Joan Didion has this essay about her in which she writes: "When it was time to go to high school, her father was teaching at Stanford, and so she went to Palo Alto High School, where she taught herself "House of the Rising Sun" on a Sears, Roebuck guitar, tried to achieve vibrato by tapping her throat with her finger, and made headlines by refusing to leave the school during a bomb drill." I love the myth that's suggested by these facts, esp. in relation to the setting.

youn, Thursday, 19 April 2001 00:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

ten months pass...
That's an interesting thread. The positions are quite clear. I'd say my favorite post in here was the Pinefox's. "My Old Man" is an emotionally very intense song with great lyrics: "But when he's gone. Me and them lonesome blues collide. The bed's too big. The frying pan's too wide". She delivers this song in a pure and vulnerable way which is typical for her. As a lyricist she is a genius. A line like "I could drink a case of you and I would still be on my feet" is simply beautiful. I always loved her crystal-clear articulation. So it really makes me wonder that the Pinefox did not get the vocals on "My Old Man".

She warbled most on the first album where she sings false in places. That record is even for me as a fan hardly bearable. I am with Tom concerning "Big Yellow Taxi". Musically it is terrible whereas from the lyrics and the premonition of men destroying nature it is pure genius. "Woodstock" is another of her melodically inferior songs. "Last Flight Tonight" also never gripped me. Absolutely essential are "Blue", "Court and Spark" and "Hejira".

BTW Joan Baez who I always found too folky made a great album in 1992 called "Play Me Backwards".

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

surely it is women who destroy nature, with their lipstick and their hairspray...

as i am allergic to the entire countryside, i liked that they paved over paradise and put up a parking lot: asphalt = better than pollen dust, IMO

mark s, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

she is so yearningly honest , i find that refreshing

anthony, Tuesday, 26 February 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Some reasons to admire Joni:

1. The completely unique sound she gets out of an acoustic guitar on "Blue". 'A Case Of You' = classic.

2. "The Hissing Of Summer Lawns": my definition of Pazz & Jop. Also includes Burundi music way before it was fashionable to do things like this.

3. A band like Nazareth can do great covers of her material. Also her vocal lines are ideal fodder for bootlegs (as Fluke demonstrated years ago). Recontextualisation and all that.

4. She kept Jaco busy - hence fewer shitty Jazz Rock records were made.

(I'm joking about No.4 alex!)

Jeff W, Tuesday, 26 February 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
she uses capos well

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 29 August 2003 07:45 (eighteen years ago) link

"blue" reminds me of summer camp. fond memories.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 29 August 2003 07:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Uber Classic! I have to second Jeff's points about the amazing angular guitar tones she got (cf. Blue) and the pazz and jop..
Lyrically she is much more than the fay hippie she's been portrayed as. She's got a great gift of observation re. people and relationships, which I guess puts her in the 'mature' category... Also, that kind of hippie outlook, she started out with, gave her a great perspective on the end of that dream during the 70s, as fantastically displayed on her classic trilogy: Court & Sparks, Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Friday, 29 August 2003 08:02 (eighteen years ago) link

While I find "Blue" slightly overrated, here excellent mid 70s output ("Court And Spark", "Hissing Of Summer Lawns", "Hejira") definitely makes her classic. No doubt about that.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 29 August 2003 10:12 (eighteen years ago) link

ok how big a bummer is it when Geir likes what u like

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Friday, 29 August 2003 12:01 (eighteen years ago) link

...and conversely how reassuring it is to find that Geir likes an artist you loathe

Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 29 August 2003 13:38 (eighteen years ago) link

she uses capos well

and/or multiple alternate tunings, some of her own invention, i believe?

she's one of the greats, compositionally, subject-matter-wise and maybe persona-wise. and yes, arguably hot, if you like the personality. and probably harder than anyone who thinks she's "twee".

Both For the Roses and Court and Spark are arguably better than Blue. Her best singing (and guitar-playing?) may be on the otherwise middling though convenient pre-C&S-greatest-hits live Miles of Aisles

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 August 2003 13:49 (eighteen years ago) link

j0hn otm.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 29 August 2003 13:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Saskatchewan ROOLZ

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Friday, 29 August 2003 17:33 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not sure why I never answered this the first time around. Joni's one of my all-time favorites. Just listened to Don Juan's Reckless Daughter the day before yesterday, The Hissing of Summer Lawns is also a great one. Her dour seriousness as of late is a bit of a pity, but what a huge talent.

Sean (Sean), Friday, 29 August 2003 17:55 (eighteen years ago) link

I love Blue. I dunno ´bout her later stuff, though.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:12 (eighteen years ago) link

gabbneb her tunings are often fairly conventional (open D and G are probably her most used non-standard tunings). she has a real grace with the open tunings (e.g., "you turn me on (i'm a radio)") that requires a level of skill fairly uncommon, maybe someone like malkmus, someone who can sing and (uppercase) PLAY pretty sophisticated lines simultaneously.

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Geir Hongro has made me listen to Court and Spark again after I had mentally filed it away as something to sell or to give to my parents, and I'm glad. There's a version of 'Just Like This Train' on one of those KCRW compilations, which I like a lot. I'm trying to figure out why the arrangements on the album aren't as straightforward for me.

youn, Friday, 29 August 2003 18:21 (eighteen years ago) link

(but possibly her inventedness is maybe variations on D and G... hey! again kinda like malkmus!)

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:21 (eighteen years ago) link

Also, having Charles Mingus call you up and say here's some songs I wrote for you, why don't you put some lyrics to them is pretty classic.

Sean (Sean), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:22 (eighteen years ago) link

(but ultimately maybe more like richard thompson, burt jansch or even anne briggs)

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:26 (eighteen years ago) link

the title track to "court and spark" was running through my head last night, despite not having heard it for years.

i wish i liked anne briggs more.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:26 (eighteen years ago) link

(i wish i knew who anne briggs or bert jansch were shocker)

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 29 August 2003 19:02 (eighteen years ago) link

they are some guitarists i got into in college shortly after i first heard the led zeppelin bbc session ("white summer/black mountain side") and how it was page's electric rip of several bert jansch songs. it turns out jansch learned the originals from friend/partner anne briggs... but primarily 60s british folk stuff, he was in pentangle and had a lengthy solo career, she stopped playing after a couple records.

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 29 August 2003 19:08 (eighteen years ago) link

anne briggs was an english folk singer who started out singing unaccompanied traditional ballads for topic records. later she made a few singer-songwriter type records, with a traditional quality to them. she was very good-looking and had a reputation as a free spirit. she dated bert jansch, who is a v. famous english guitar player/songwriter/singer who wrote "needle of death" and was in pentangle. briggs was a pretty good guitar player too and a decent songwriter. i don't like her voice much on the ballads stuff, it's been claimed as unadorned but it sounds florid to me. the lp the time has come though is very pretty.

just noticed gygax's post. well, a 2nd opinion then.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 29 August 2003 20:11 (eighteen years ago) link

i mean she was good looking and a free spirit since every liner note written about her seems to mention those things. apologies.

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 29 August 2003 20:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I find For The Roses quite frustrating. Some great stuff on there, but so much of it sounds so... awkward.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 30 August 2003 07:10 (eighteen years ago) link

dated bert jansch, who is a v. famous english guitar player/songwriter/singer

That should read v. famous SCOTTISH guitar player etc., hope you never meet Bert on a dark night!

Dadaismus (Dada), Sunday, 31 August 2003 12:43 (eighteen years ago) link

thx for the correction.

amateurist (amateurist), Sunday, 31 August 2003 19:07 (eighteen years ago) link

I can't believe the amount of dissent; without doubt, classic.

christoff (christoff), Friday, 5 September 2003 12:59 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Expanded 2CD remasters of "Court And Spark", "Hissing Of Summer Lawns" and "Hejira" were supposed to have been released by January this year. They are not yet in the shops half a year later.
Does anyone know what happened and when and if they are due?

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

she dumped them in the ocean, I heard.

sw00ds, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Her first song to gain prominence was ‘Urge For Going’, which Tom Rush recorded as a single in 1966.

The song’s an account of winters in Saskatoon, Canada, where Mitchell grew up, a town subject to extreme temperatures, with warm summers and freezing winters.

"When winter comes along and the farms are all harvested and they don’t really have much to do if they don’t keep cattle. So most of them have winter houses in the Bahamas and Florida and they just escape, you know, to all the warm places like Philadelphia. [laughter] The rest of the people who have to stay there feel sort of like this…"

Joni Mitchell


Got vids, lyrics etc.:
https://albumreviews.blog/2018/12/02/great-b-sides-urge-for-going-by-joni-mitchell/
(here because her version eventually debuted as b-side, also mentions that it much later led off Hits.)

dow, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

Rush's version conveys the distinctiveness of her songwriting, the way she already had everything lashed together, nothing strained.

dow, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

So does her version, but in 1966, people must have said, "Damn, who wrote that?"

dow, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 20:39 (two weeks ago) link

Canada: this is not the rush youre looking for…

Warning: Choking Hazard (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:42 (two weeks ago) link

[laughter]

dow, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 02:17 (one week ago) link

I also initially read it that way! I mean, Nazareth found success with This Flight Tonight...

doug watson, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 10:17 (one week ago) link

Oh, I can totally hear Geddy Lee singing "Urge for Going"! GL & Lifeson should do a Joni tribute album---maybe they could get the first Rush drummer, if he's still around.

dow, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:14 (one week ago) link

Or they could host an all-Canada tribute set: get Randy Bachman, Corb Lund, Terri Clark, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Nelly Furtado, Drake, Colter Wall, Neil Young---who else?

dow, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:20 (one week ago) link

Arcade Fire? Kinda boring, but maybe with the right material---? that's one of the best things that can happen on tribs: when somebody you've written off rises to the occasion, finally not culturally deprived by their own songs.

dow, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:24 (one week ago) link

Re-unite Northern Lights!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tears_Are_Not_Enough

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:28 (one week ago) link

Sarah McLachlan has already recorded covers of "Blue" and "River".

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:29 (one week ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/409bJBn.jpg

Please tell me there was a Randy Bachman stamp.

pplains, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 21:00 (one week ago) link

Hah! Anybody ever see that SNL sketch, Amerida, a parody of Amerika where it's the Canadians who takeover America? "Stay tuned for Late Night with Gordon Lightfoot..."

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 23:51 (one week ago) link

“Oh, just relax and have a nice cold Labatts.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 4 August 2022 00:10 (one week ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Garden?wprov=sfla1

Canadian Joni tribute album.

Hideous Lump, Thursday, 4 August 2022 03:26 (one week ago) link

Cameron Crowe was interviewed by Rolling Stone about Joni Mitchell and this was very sweet:

“Joni has a childlike appreciation of what’s going on right now,” says writer/director Cameron Crowe, who first interviewed Mitchell for Rolling Stone in 1979, and has spent time with her recently. “She’s having the experience that few people have that came that close to dying – she actually can see what it would have been like for people to have lost her, and see them express how much she means to them. And it’s enormously moving to her.”

birdistheword, Saturday, 6 August 2022 19:00 (one week ago) link

Man, what kind of children has Cameron Crowe been hanging around with.

pplains, Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:56 (one week ago) link

Just saw this from Keith Strickland in the NY Times' new interview with the B-52s:

[Ricky Wilson] removed the G string from his guitar, which eliminates some of the midrange frequencies, and he played with only five strings. That happened by accident. When I played the guitar, if I broke a string, I wouldn’t change it — I’d just retune the other strings to an open tuning. I liked how it sounded.

One day, Ricky was annoyed because I hadn’t changed a broken string on the guitar. I said, “You should play it like that.” He scoffed it off. But the next time I went to his house, he was sitting on the edge of the bed, playing and laughing. He said, “I’ve just written the most stupid guitar riff you’ve ever heard.” And it was the “Rock Lobster” riff, played on five strings in an open tuning.

He and I were aware of open tunings because we were both big fans of Joni Mitchell, who used them a lot. People always say, “Really? You like Joni?” because our music is nothing like hers. Some of the chords she used were so beautiful, and they sound unresolved. Open tunings offer different color palettes or voicings that might be physically impossible to play in standard tuning.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/arts/music/b-52s-final-tour.html

birdistheword, Thursday, 11 August 2022 01:59 (five days ago) link

ha that's awesome, also the G string is a notorious misbehaver re: tuning so fuck it anyway

thinkmanship (sleeve), Thursday, 11 August 2022 02:42 (five days ago) link

love the moment in the Rolling Thunder doc when she's playing Coyote (linked recently itt) and Dylan & McGuinn are trying (semi-successfully) to follow her and she kinda scornfully says "it's in G" as an aside while playing

thinkmanship (sleeve), Thursday, 11 August 2022 02:44 (five days ago) link

the most electric moment in that film!

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 11 August 2022 02:52 (five days ago) link

b-52's story yet another example of: everybody digs joni. can't argue with that.

the G string is a notorious misbehaver

this is fake news — the g string is a physics-defying psychopath and IT MUST BE STOPPED

also i love the (apocryphal?) anecdote how some of joni's most unique tunings came about out of some form of necessity, i.e. saying "fuck this, i don't care if it's *wrong* it's the only way my song sounds good"

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 11 August 2022 03:38 (five days ago) link

fools, use a wound G instead of the plain abomination

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 11 August 2022 03:54 (five days ago) link

oh friend,

i play flatwounds. i am not a not smart feller.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 11 August 2022 04:07 (five days ago) link

flats with a wound G, perfect!

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 11 August 2022 04:12 (five days ago) link

sigh.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 11 August 2022 04:45 (five days ago) link

also i love the (apocryphal?) anecdote how some of joni's most unique tunings came about out of some form of necessity, i.e. saying "fuck this, i don't care if it's *wrong* it's the only way my song sounds good"

I read somewhere this was partly because of lingering after-effects of childhood polio (stretching issues for the fingers I guess), dunno if that's true though.

terry and june as hauntological relic (Matt #2), Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:43 (five days ago) link

It's in the 2017 bio.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:58 (five days ago) link

So if he removed the G string, he's playing with just a gap in the middle of the neck?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:47 (five days ago) link

there are apocryphal stories that nobody could tune his guitars but him, but I'm not sure how that could be true

assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:58 (five days ago) link

Ha! That's so punk...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Thursday, 11 August 2022 11:41 (five days ago) link

Has anyone ever described Bob Dylan as "childlike"?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:39 (five days ago) link

"childish" probably

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:43 (five days ago) link

Infantile

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:19 (five days ago) link

children can be haggard grouches too

birdistheword, Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:25 (five days ago) link

xxxp. yes, many times.

always mystified by the math of put Bob down to boost Joni.

bulb after bulb, Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:27 (five days ago) link

It's just weird. I don't think Cameron Crowe would ever describe Dylan, Cohen, et al. as "childlike."

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:29 (five days ago) link

math of put Bob down to boost Joni

Not at all my intent. The use of the adjective just caught my attention. I think it's odd to describe probably the best songwriter of her generation as "childlike." It sounds patronizing (and sexist).

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:30 (five days ago) link

tbf, I hear childlike a lot for other artists, and it's usually framed in a complimentary way, or at least it seemed that way to me.

birdistheword, Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:36 (five days ago) link

absolutely. a rare gift when you seen and accomplished all that she has.

bulb after bulb, Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:39 (five days ago) link

Infantile

― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:19 AM bookmarkflaglink

Underrated. Loved "Union Sundown".

pplains, Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:51 (five days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q2jiRUVLgI

dow, Thursday, 11 August 2022 17:58 (five days ago) link

Dig the lines on her face in self-portrait---as I said way upthread, when I first heard her first album, thee foreboding recall of "I Had A King," there was a sense of an Older Woman (in her 20s!), who had been through things, had carried some of it with her, all the way back to "Sisotobell Lane," and what sounded like memories from childhood, not forgotten in the city (didn't know about her being unwed teen mother, giving baby up for adoption, but that would have fit)

dow, Thursday, 11 August 2022 18:04 (five days ago) link

xp Alfred that would be the Yaffe book - is it good?

re childishness,

Just when I think he's foolish and childish and I want him to be manly
I catch my fool and my child needing love and understanding

What a strange strange boy

corrs unplugged, Friday, 12 August 2022 06:40 (four days ago) link

It sure is. As journalism it's impeccable.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 August 2022 09:34 (four days ago) link

thanks! I'll check it out

corrs unplugged, Friday, 12 August 2022 10:04 (four days ago) link

Please tell me there was a Randy Bachman stamp.

There was a Guess Who stamp:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canada-post-rocks-out-new-stamps-featuring-canadian-bands-512290871.html

We had the Rush and Leonard Cohen ones.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 12 August 2022 13:23 (four days ago) link

Fuckin pentagrams on the postage stamps!

pplains, Friday, 12 August 2022 13:30 (four days ago) link

I guess the Guess Who only got a logo on theirs too because how could you fit both Randy AND Burton on to one postage stamp?

https://i.imgur.com/q6CciS7.gif

pplains, Friday, 12 August 2022 13:43 (four days ago) link


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