Best Read [Michelle Mercer] ✓ Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period || [Contemporary Book] PDF ✓

By Michelle Mercer | Comments: ( 645 ) | Date: ( Sep 22, 2019 )

A revealing, lyrical book that uses Joni Mitchell s groundbreaking albums of the 1970s to explore the development of autobiographical songwriting.


  • Title: Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period
  • Author: Michelle Mercer
  • ISBN: 9781416559290
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Michelle Mercer

In addition to producing regular essays and reports for National Public Radio, Michelle is the author of Footprints The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter Penguin and Will You Take Me As I Am Simon Schuster Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice and numerous magazines She has been awarded artist residencies by the city of Kristiansand, Norway, the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil, the Vermont Studio Center, and Anderson Center for the Arts Michelle holds an MFA in Literature and Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars She lives with her family in Colorado.



Comments Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period

  • Paul Bryant

    (This review is dedicated to my old friend Mrs K)*****Talk about damaging admissions – this is the author speaking, on PAGE ONE :When a guy seemed like a decent prospect there was one good way to find out. A true test of character. An absolute gauge of worth. “There’s something I want you to listen to” I’d say… The guy usually intuited that Joni appreciation was a kind of foreplay. “That’s good” he’d say. “But do you hear the lyrics?” I’d ask. “I mean, are you really [...]


  • Richard

    I had the great fortune to read the uncorrected proof of Michelle Mercer's forthcoming book. Will You Take Me as I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period and I can tell you that you are in for a real treat now that it has been published.I read a lot of books about music and this one is really distinguished by the high quality of the writing. Mercer breaks with strict chronology that makes run-of-the-mill music criticism so uninteresting. Her discussion about "confessional" songwriting is fully informed [...]


  • Chris

    When Joni Mitchell thinks about confession, two things come to mind: witch hunts and Catholic priests. To be held up as the exemplar of confessional songwriting is not her preference. This comes through clearly in Michelle Mercer's study "Will You Take Me as I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period," considering Mitchell's career from the release of her album "Blue" in 1971 through the 1976 release of "Hejira."What distinguishes this work from standard celebrity profiles is that it reads like a collect [...]


  • Paula

    An an interesting and entertaining book about Joni Mitchell's Blue Period, from 1971 to 1976, beginning when she recorded Blue and ending with her recording of Hejira. Written by NPR contributor Michelle Mercer the book interweaves stories about Joni's life, her music, and her influences. The book was based on personal interviews with Joni and others and along with some in-depth research, all documented at the end. I especially liked the stories about Joni's experiences as she travelled with the [...]


  • Judy

    The minute I heard about this book, I purchased and read it. By that you can know that I am a dedicated Joni Mitchell fan and have been since I first saw her perform in an Ann Arbor coffeehouse in 1967. There is a dearth of biographies on Joni that are based on actual interviews with the artist herself. Biographies of a living artist written only by rehashing magazine interviews make for unsatisfying reading. I would rather read the articles themselves and in fact many can be found on the offici [...]


  • Michelle

    This was well-written criticism on the second part of Joni Mitchell's career and by far my personal favorite period. Her lyrics are in my opinion worthy of being called poetry and that is not often found in popular song. I prefer artists to evolve and change. I am particularly fond of watching and hearing growth and development and the chances that great artists take. Did you hear THAT all you music execs out there? Please don't feed me crappy no-talent music that you feel is just your way of ma [...]


  • Christina

    In Will You Take Me as I Am, Michelle Mercer chronicles Joni Mitchell's Blue period in the early 1970s. Gifted at rendering the life of a talented musician, the author motivated me to want to buy Mitchell's album, Blue. Her music and life came alive on the page. Invoking the Canadian prairie and the caves of Greece, two of her homes, and traveling from Joni's early years to her later career, Take Me is an honest, irresistible read.


  • Nan

    "The way a composer experiences nature can be heard in his music. When someone from the Canadian flatlands, like Joni Mitchell or Neil Young, puts native landscape into music, it doesn't come out like it does in the music of Beethoven or Vivaldi. Flatlanders' early perceptions of landscape are not set so far apart from themselves. So landscape in the music of Young and Mitchell is at once more subtle and manifest, because their feelings for the land have a sound less distinguishable from their f [...]


  • Lauren

    This book is more fan journalism than a definitive book on Joni Mitchell's "Blue period." The author leans on sweeping admiration for Mitchell and then ungraciously knocks other singer-songwriters (Carly Simon, Jackson Browne). These two techniques do little to affirm the author's position. The final chapter on Mitchell's likes/dislikes seems totally out of place and I wonder why it was inserted. Sometimes you just have to kill your darlings. If it doesn't work its way organically into the narra [...]


  • Bert

    Usually the best test for any book about music is that you immediately want to go and listen to those old albums again, and the fact that i didn't do that whilst reading this probably says something. Partly it says that Joni comes across as incredibly conceited in this book, and partly it was because I was listening to KISS. I learnt that Joni really likes quoting things that other people have said about how great she is. Like the time she went to see a shrink and he tells her 'You can't shrink [...]


  • Robert

    In my late teens and into my early twentysomething years I was all about Joni Mitchell, who really fulfilled a need in my angsty artfag soul. Later on I discovered the music of The Smiths and Morrissey and then later after that The Magnetic Fields and Stephen Merritt, all of whom more specifically and literally spoke to and about artfag angst, supplanting Joni somewhat. But she always remained a sort of hero to me. I wanted to have all those romances with famous artists and musicians on the myth [...]


  • Lindsay

    Skipped school and went to Harvard Square in 1969 to see James Taylor - he was the warm up act for Joni Mithchell. I've been her biggest fan ever since. So, the book was a no brainer for me to pick up and read almost straight through.Like most items about Joni, it's a bit disjointed and wanders back and forth between illumination, tell-all, and the author's personal take on the material. Good read for a fan - hardly a stand alone portrait.


  • Diane

    I've been a fan of Joni Mitchell's for over 35 years. The first album that I was introduced to was the 'Blue' album. The author had alot of information to share which would be of interest to fans. It appears that she did her research.


  • Mia

    Like all Joni fans, my relationship with her is soul deep & heartfelt. I love her. She is my mother - my sister. She is me. My 1st Joni album was a gift from my high school boyfriend in the first, blushing days of our tumultuous relationship. I tormented him with my indecision and Joni was the sound track that weaved itself around us.I became convinced the 1st time I heard Little Green that I was she - nothing else made any sense! I was the girl child Joni gave birth to and, heartbroken, had [...]


  • Andrea

    I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan as a teenager, and as I've grown older I've been disapointed over and over again by what a vain person she is and how she holds a grudge. She has no problem disparaging others (I don't think she has ever said anything positive for example about Joan Baez or Judy Collins, with whom she was sometimes lumped early in her career). Her views of smoking are astounding - not that it is a habit but that it is a GOOD habit. This book, which is not that well written as noted [...]


  • OMalleycat

    Reads like a magazine article that grew too big. Not a very good magazine article either. The book purports to be an exploration of Joni Mitchell's music from the album "Blue" to "Hejira." But it never really settles down to any organized or cohesive analysis and skitters away anxiously from dish on who the songs are about. Worse, while the author is a fan, she still manages to make Mitchell come off as arrogant and judgmental. Let's call the book an "appreciation" of Mitchell during that period [...]


  • Carey f

    Hmm, I am halfway through this book and so far i am severely dissapointed. I think they forgot to edit the book, there are many typos, and things are patched together in a way that doesnt make sense, the book jumps around, awkwardly direct quoting lyrics to describe random parts of JM's life togetherat said i am learning some interesting things about JM and it's a fast read, took an hour to get this far, so go ahead! check it out!


  • Kevin A.

    This is the kind of book you want to argue with. Mercer is a smart writer. though, and a worthy opponent. She defines the Blue period as stretching through Hejira (1976), more for reasons of quality than anything else. She's done her homework and unearthed the meaning and inspiration behind almost every song.


  • Amanda

    "Blue" is an album close to my heart in this book explored it in a romantic, poetic way. Lots of the angry Joni Mitchell that's funny and real. The writing is not too nostalgic as Mitchell's work was relevant then, in my teenage years and now.


  • Robert Sassor

    It's a glamorous tale - on the bus with Dylan, dating Jackson Browne, afternoons with Leonard Cohen at the Chelsea Hotel. Mercer gets sucked into the glamor and the narrative extends way beyond Mitchell's "blue period," but not in ways that give context to support the book's stated focus.


  • Kathleen

    A little difficult, if you don't have a music and writing background- some vocab could have been replaced. On the plus side, Joni allowed interviews with the author for this book,


  • Janet

    Artful dissection of Mitchell's life, loves and songs. Paired perfectly with my recent obsession of all things Joni.


  • Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch

    Could have been 20 pages long and been all the better for it.


  • Sonia

    Loved it!


  • Tuck

    ahh, what can i say. not well written, but i love joni and her blue period. now she's writing and producing ballet in bc canada.


  • Chris

    Partly biography, partly an analysis of Joni Mitchell's songwriting skills.


  • Melissa

    An excellent account of the inspiration behind Joni Mitchell and her music.


  • Chantal

    Loved! Loved! Loved!


  • Chris Craddock

    I Will Take You As You AreI realize that Joni Mitchell is talented but confess that I am not a big fan. Still, a lot of people that I respect and admire have a lot of respect for her, and I found myself intrigued by this book. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed Michelle Mercer's writing, and was impressed that her other book was about Wayne Shorter. Wayne was a member of Miles Davis' group and Weather Report, and is a very talented composer and musician. If he vouches fo [...]


  • Harperac

    Easily the best Joni book I've read. Although it humbly considers itself a biography of a limited slice of Joni's life, it is really -- due to Mercer's powers of insight -- a critical biography that attempts to take in the breadth of Joni's work and of the scene in which she worked. And rare for a Mitchell biographer, she was a prose style not founded on journalistic stock-phrases. This is a paragraph that illustrates her imaginative power:“Larger cultural forces may have been at work in songw [...]


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    Published :2019-06-09T01:37:23+00:00