Joni Mitchell Calls Bob Dylan 'Fake'
Joni Mitchell Disses Bob Dylan
Joni Mitchell had some harsh words for legendary musician Bob Dylan. Joni Mitchell called Bob Dylan a fake; in a play of words most often seen in the schoolyard, Joni Mitchell talked up her own authenticity by dissing Bob Dylan's, saying that they were opposites.
The Bob Dylan dis came during an LA Times interview with Joni Mitchell and John Kelly, who is playing Mitchell in a tribute show called Paved Paradise: The Art of Joni Mitchell.
Bob Dylan Plagiarism Claim
Joni Mitchell also refers to the 2006 plagiarism claim related to Dylan's Modern Times album:
Critics claimed his lyrics borrowed too heavily from the writing of the Confederacy poet Henry Timrod.
Dylan, an American Civil War buff, made no acknowledgement to Timrod in the album's sleeve notes.
Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan have toured together more than once, and had never spoken ill of each other before. Joni Mitchell takes issue with Bob Dylan's stage name (his real name is Robert Zimmerman), though Joni herself was born Roberta Joan Anderson.
JM: Bob is not authentic at all. He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.
Joni Mitchell also paid out on Madonna, equating her with the dumbing-down of American pop culture.
Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.