Gossip Joni Mitchell: Disaster Averted
posted by April 1 at 11:52 AMon
The fact that life is not fair has played out particularly gruesomely in the music world. What kind of God allows Biggie to die and Puffy to live? What kind of psycho assassinates John in a world that still contains Paul? And who gives Jethro Tull a Grammy for anything?
Still, the music scene was spared an unacceptable unfairness when Joni Mitchell’s 1970s suicide attempt—allegedly inspired by her breakup with Jackson Browne—failed to prove fatal.
FOX News has the gossipy story, drawn from Sheila Weller’s book, Girls Like Us, which chronicles the rise and fall of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.
Weller writes: “One confidante says ‘[Joni] took pills. She cut herself up and threw herself against a wall and got completely bloodied — glass broke. She vomited up the pills.’” The incident, Weller says, is recalled in Mitchell’s song, “Car on a Hill,” the stark number from Joni’s watershed album, Court and Spark.
Thank you, God, for not allowing Joni Mitchell to off herself over Jackson freaking Browne, which would be like Bob Dylan killing himself over Anne Murray. Amen.