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Joni Mitchell - recent quote about music and art

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Jul 16, 2019 - 7:39:50 PM
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“I heard someone from the music business saying they are no longer looking for talent, they want people with a certain look and a willingness to cooperate. I thought, that’s interesting, because I believe a total unwillingness to cooperate is what is necessary to be an artist — not for perverse reasons, but to protect your vision. The considerations of a corporation, especially now, have nothing to do with art or music. That’s why I spend my time now painting.”
Joni Mitchell

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:15:46 PM

chuckv97

Canada

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I think that’s always been true,, but many do cave in to the record company’s wishes.
Those Nashville over-produced albums of early John Hartford and Willie Nelson being cases in point. They found their niche later.

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:15:55 AM
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DC5

USA

6480 posts since 6/30/2015

Today, with the ability to self publish on the internet, all of this changes. Of course, you will never get huge concert contracts without being what the industry wants, but you can build a name and reputation.

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:17:11 AM
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Tommy5

USA

3361 posts since 2/22/2009

True, it’s the reason I’m not a billion dollar bluegrass recording artist, I won’t compromise on my principles and art. My music is so sophisticated and nuanced that I’m am the just about the only person in the world that fully appreciates and understands it.

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