Joni Mitchell famously avoids the press, a tendency that has made her something of an enigma -- and so it came as a surprise when the folk era icon not only agreed to a rare interview with Jian, but also invited the Q team right into her home in Los Angeles.
The Saskatchewan native, known for beloved songs like Big Yellow Taxi and Woodstock, reflected on her creative life, legacy, and discomfort with celebrity.
"Fame is a series of misunderstandings surrounding a name," she told Jian, adding that illness and mistrust of the media have kept her out of the spotlight. "People always get everything wrong."
Her music has progressed from folk and pop through jazz and
experimental styles, but these days she considers herself more of a poet and a painter.
In her three hour conversation with Jian, she opened up on everything from the double standards applied to "free love" and giving up her child, to how she feels about her music and her perspective on life, more generally.
"I've had a very interesting and a very challenging life. A lot of
battles, just disease after disease after -- I mean I shouldn't
be here, you know. But I have a tremendous will to live and a tremendous
joie de vivre, alternating with irritability," she said, laughing.