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Joni Mitchell on Fame, Art and Misunderstanding

"I like writing, I like composing, I love creating. I love the creative process," says Joni Mitchell half way through her interview on Q. "

I hate this," she laughs. "Being interviewed guarantees misunderstanding."

And yet, a conversation with Mitchell - like the one featured Tuesday morning - would also seem to guarantee so many other things that make you wish she'd grant interviews like this more often. Things like wit and insight and disarming honesty about her musical legacy.

Mitchell's full interview with Q's Jian Ghomeshi, recorded in her Big Sur home, is now available on CBCMusic.ca, and you can watch it below for the singer-songwriter's thoughts on fame and art.

(Stay 'til the end if you've always wanted to see her do a Bob Dylan impression.)



The artist will be in Toronto next week, when the Luminato Festival honours her at Massey Hall for an event called Joni: A Portrait in Song. Featuring performances by Kathleen Edwards, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and Mitchell herself (she'll debut a new poem) the event takes place June 18 and 19. And just a few days before, on June 16, Mitchell will be doing another interview, this time for the Luminato festival. She'll be on stage with New York Times critic Jon Pareles for a live-streamed Q&A.

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