“What is the big deal about Bob Dylan?” Julia Schrenkler wondered on Gather.com three years ago. Well, according to fellow folkie Joni Mitchell, he’s a plagiarizing fraud.
“Bob is not authentic at all,” Mitchell tells the Los Angeles Times. “He’s a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.”
True, Dylan’s name is a “fake” — he was born Robert … um, Zimmerman — but he’d have to be some kind of crazy to invent a voice like his current subterranean croak. Let’s assume she’s talking about his Woody Guthrie-isms of the ’60s, just to be on the safe side.
But Mitchell (birth name: Roberta Joan Anderson, btw) doesn’t restrict her remarks to male performers of her generation, letting us know that “Grace [Slick] and Janis Joplin were [sleeping with] their whole bands and falling down drunk.”
Well, yes, but what of the Canadian-born Mitchell’s own work? Time for a little self-examination, perhaps?
“My work is set against the stupid, destructive way we live on this planet,” she announces. “Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.”
Ladies and gentlemen, Joni Mitchell: Special Ranting 2010 Edition. Approach her at your own risk…