Season 3, Episode 1
Writing a biography isn’t easy, especially when it’s of a living person, and especially when that living person is an epochal, oft-mythologized musician like Joni Mitchell. But Ann Powers, one of my absolute favorite music critics, has been doing the work. For our Season 3 debut, a deep conversation with Ann about her in-progress Joni Mitchell book, the complexities and anxieties behind thinking through Joni’s life alongside her own, and what it means to write about women making music.
Ann Powers is NPR Music’s critic and correspondent.
If you’re interested in learning more about Powers’s work, you can follow her on Twitter at @annkpowers and check out:
- A 2021 essay on Joni Mitchell’s Blue
- The 2018 book Good Booty
- A Mitchell documentary podcast created with BBC
- A 2020 essay on Roberta Flack
- A 2022 essay on The 1975 and dirtbagism
- A memoir-essay on Kate Bush
- The mega-project Turning the Tables
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A written transcript of this episode is available here; many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!