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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Joni Mitchell: Disaster Averted

posted by on April 1 at 11:52 AM


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.

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Dylan dated Anne Murray? Hot!

Posted by Paulus | April 1, 2008 1:02 PM

1970? Wasn't she into Graham Nash (and totally vice versa) in 1970?

I'm a hardcore Joni Mitchellite and I've never heard of a Joni/Jackson Browne link other than they were both on Geffen a little later in the decade. Besides, wasn't Browne in that Orange County circle that included Linda Ronstadt and Eagles? Joni was in the Laurel/Topanga Canyon circle - a completely different scene.

Posted by Bauhaus | April 1, 2008 2:43 PM

mitchell appeared on jackson browne's 'for everyman' album. it's one of the albums i was given to by a friend, never listened to, and then took to a second hand shop before i moved.

in any case, 1973, she plays piano, there is at least one link.

Posted by cosby | April 1, 2008 4:08 PM

This kind of "journalism" rankles me. Yes, Joni and Jackson had a relationship, but the use of an anonymous source in revealing the dirt makes me suspicious.

Anyway, after reading the Fox article, it appears there are enough errors in the book to put the professionalism of the writer into question.

Joni said at the time that he "dissed her"? Yeah, sure. Everybody was using that phrase back in 1972. Secondly, Browne's album (sometimes referred to as "Saturate Before Using") was not his second solo release, it was his first. Thirdly, it is hardly "news" (as the author claims) that Joni and Warren Beatty had an affair. I knew about that when I was 12 years old, for God's sakes!

The author of this gossip book really fell down on some simple fact-checking.

Posted by mickey | April 1, 2008 6:48 PM

I love Car on a Hill but I hope Joni would give us something a little better than that after an attempted suicide.

Posted by boobz | April 2, 2008 4:37 PM

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