Joni Mitchell Says New Album Will Be Her Last
Veteran singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, disgusted with the music business, has said her latest album will also be her last. "These are my last two records," the influential Canadian songstress said oVeteran singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, disgusted with the music business, has said her latest album will also be her last. "These are my last two records," the influential Canadian songstress said of her forthcoming double album "Travelogue," due Nov. 19 via Nonesuch.
"I'm quitting after this because the business has made itself so repugnant to me," Mitchell, 59, is quoted as telling the December edition of W magazine. Mitchell, whose eclectic career spans 35 years across folk, rock, and jazz, has been hinting for weeks that she might end the recording career that made her one of the most respected and outspoken artists of her generation.
"The willingness to do anything to stay in the news -- that's the formula now," Mitchell told Billboard in September 2001. "But no real artist has the stomach for all that commodification. I'm not ambitious to be a bigger star, and we live in a decadent time when people shrug about misogyny or that there are crooks in power. I can't write songs in this climate. I'm basically phasing out; I'm retiring again. I'm a painter, and I got derailed into this other game, and so I'm going back to my paints."
She has refused to do anything to make her music more salable. "What would I do?" she asked in the W magazine interview. "Show my t***? Grab my crotch? Get hair extensions and a choreographer? It's not my world."
"Travelogue," a two-disc. 22-track collection, features orchestrated versions of some but not all of Mitchell's best known songs, including "Woodstock," "You Dream Flat Tires," "God Must Be A Boogie Man," and "The Last Time I Saw Richard." As with her 2000 album "Both Sides Now" (Reprise), Vince Mendoza served as arranger and conductor for the project, which also includes appearances by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
"Both Sides Now" peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart and No. 66 on The Billboard 200.
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