Joni Mitchell’s ex talks heartache as singer-songwriter's masterpiece 'Blue' turns 50

A lot of people think she bares her soul, but I think she scrapes her soul,” said Lori Majewski, co-host ofFeedbackon SiriusXM’s Volume channel. “The confessional nature of ‘Blue’ is such that I think Joni Mitchell herself actually likened it to Dylan plugging in, to Dylan going electric. It was such a groundbreaking thing to be this confessional.

確かに, Mitchell’s fourth studio LP — which Rolling Stone ranked at No. 3 on last year’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time — upped the gut-spilling ante for both female and male singer-songwriters. “It made a lot of singer-songwriters — especially male singer-songwriters — very nervous that they were going to have to lay it all out on the table the way Joni had,” said Majewski. “I think that the men, they were singing about the times, they were singing about the moment, but they were looking outward. When you go inward, there’s a bravery — and Joni did that with a magnifying glass.

そしてそれは “青” bravery has inspired everyone from Prince — who, after once writing Mitchell a fan letter before he becamePurple Rainroyalty, would go on to coverA Case of You— to today’s artists including Brandi Carlile, Lana Del Rey and, もちろん, テイラースウィフト. 実際には, オン “青,” Mitchell was getting intimate about her relationships with the likes of Graham Nash and James Taylor long before Swift was dishing about John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal.


It was such a hugely influential record and remains a real touchstone for everybody,” said Patrick Milligan, producer of the Joni MitchellArchives” シリーズ, whose upcoming second volume (due in October) will include material from her “青” period. The collection is previewed by an EP, “青 50 (Demos & Outtakes),” which was released on Monday.

I think because it is so honest, it’s so timeless,” said Milligan. “People keep going back to it.

For Nash, 聴覚 “青” for the first time made him feel just that. “When I first heard the album, I realized that our love affair had come to an end, and that’s a very sad feeling for anyone who’s in love with anybody, but particularly ’cause it’s Joni and me,” Nash told The Post.

Joni Mitchell's album ‘Blue’ was released 50 years ago on June 22, 1971. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF20/WireImage)

Joni Mitchell’s album ‘Blue’ was released 50 years ago on June 22, 1971. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF20/WireImage)