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Will You Take Me as I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period   Print

by Peter Thornell
Library Journal
March 17, 2009

Mercer, Michelle.
Will You Take Me as I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period.
Free Pr: S. & S.
Apr. 2009. c.256p.
ISBN 978-1-4165-5929-0.
$24.99. MUSIC

The proliferation of musical biography in the rock era has made available anecdotal facts to such an extent that a way has been paved for more inspired and specific study, such as this deft exploration of the creation of what is considered Joni Mitchell's most revered and confessional recording, her 1971 album, Blue. Mercer (Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter), an accomplished music journalist, wisely places her focus on Blue's almost perfect marriage of lyric, melody, mood, and explored experience at the center of the book, surrounded by a careful yet conversational look at how Mitchell got to that point in her life and where she went in the years that followed. Mercer was fortunate to spend extensive time talking directly with the media-shy Mitchell. The author's own thoughts and experiences play a subtle yet pivotal role as the enduring power of Blue is reflected in her personal narrative as one who was, and remains, inspired by this landmark recording. Recommended for all academic and public libraries.
- Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA

 

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