Joni Mitchell: I'm better than Bob Dylan

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 November 2014
Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell in 1996

Joni Mitchell has said she is far more talented that Bob Dylan as she is more original with her thoughts and music, and slammed the industry as a whole for being "oppressive"

Joni Mitchell believes she is a better musician than Bob Dylan.

The 71-year-old singer explained that she is far more creative than her fellow music maker, despite being in a male-dominated industry.

When questioned about comparisons to the 'Blowin' In The Wind' crooner, she stated: "I am much more original musically, and a much more original thinker."

The star - who is known for her hit singles including 'Blue' and 'Both Sides Now' - continued to slate the music business as a whole, scalding the "oppressive" men who "exploit" musicians.

She said: "I'm a woman in a man's world. There are hardly any women in my business. There are oppressive men and exploitative men."

However, the acclaimed musician later acknowledged her love for men, and admitted she enjoyed being on tour with men during her younger years.

She added: "It's all male-dominant, and you're always with them. I'm on the road with 21 guys, and I love men's company, don't get me wrong. Even when they're stupid little boys, I still like them. I mean, love the sinner, hate the sin."

The artist - who released her last studio album, 'Shine', in 2007 - also asserted she was never a hippie, despite being known for tracks like 'Woodstock', and explained she was only in it for the fashion.

She told The Sunday Times newspaper: "The hippie values were not mine, they were naive, they had no place, they were childish: the politics were stupid.

"I was in it for the costume show."

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1. Aaron Krug14 Feb 2015, 4:37am Report

I find this a bit sad. I LOVED Joni Mitchell when I was a teenager and as an adult. She wrote and performed beautiful, beautiful music. My favorite album of her's is Blue. For her to need to talk down Bob Dylan, who is one of the greatest writers of all time, and a man who proved that the technical quality of the singers voice is the least important element in powerful music, and who spreads around the credit for his success, tells me that she has lost something important. The ability to be happy for her own success, and to be happy for the success of others. She sounds bitter. It's just sad.

2. Thomas Porter16 Jun 2015, 6:32am Report

Well that's not much of a stretch is it? If she'd said "Eric Clapton" I might have a problem with that.

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