Is Bob Dylan a 'Fake?' Joni Mitchell Sure Thinks So

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Bob Dylan's fake? Them's fightin' words, Joni Mitchell
​In an interview with the LA Times, noted folk singer Joni Mitchell called out Bob Dylan, telling the interviewer she thought the celebrated musician was  "not authentic at all."

The two folk artists are no strangers, having spent plenty of time on the road together, playing shows throughout the 70s as the Rolling Thunder Revue and again in 1998 when she co-headlined a tour with Van Morrison and Dylan. While it's unclear whether Mitchell has spoken to Dylan in those 12 years since they last played together, it's pretty evident that she's some unfinished business with him.

The piece in the LA Times was regarding John Kelly's "Paved Paradise," his series of tribute shows to Joni Mitchell where he channels the folk singer by dressing like her and playing her music -- much to the delight of Mitchell herself. 

The interviewer asked Mitchell about the folk scene of the 1970s and the different personas that came about during that time, prompting him to say, "The folk scene you came out of had fun creating personas. You were born Roberta Joan Anderson, and someone named Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan."

To this, Joni Mitchell replied:

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.

In one fell swoop --- in one quick jab -- Mitchell made it perfectly clear just how she regards Bob Dylan. Who knew she harbored such ill will towards the man? She was more than happy to share what she thought about Bob Dylan once his name came up, but was finished speaking of him after she said her peace -- even after the interviewer pressed Mitchell for any other comments.

Mitchell's comment comes at a time when authenticity in pop music is, quite frankly, getting out of hand. Just this past week, Ke$ha performed on SNL and left viewers scratching their heads as to why something like her exists in today's music scene. Owl City's Adam Young indirectly admitted to sounding like The Postal Service, rendering his music questionable if not bland and formulaic. Yet there are no two hotter artists right now than both Ke$ha and Owl City, proving that fans like what they want, regardless of that performer's authenticity or originality.

So was Bob Dylan a huge phony all this time? Were the times not a-changin'? Whatever the case may be -- whatever opinion you may have -- the man had a massive career, one that is still celebrated to this day. Joni Mitchell may be hitting on something by calling Bob Dylan and his trademark voice fake, but that is hardly the entire scenario when it comes to the man himself.

Has Bob Dylan been pulling the wool over our eyes all this time or does Joni Mitchell have some unfinished business with her former touring mate? Whatever the case may be, I think Q-Tip always said it best on Janet Jackson's "Got 'til It's Gone:" "Joni Mitchell never lies."

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9 comments
Hereagainn
Hereagainn

Lier name 3...all those lillith fair clicks like Joni

Bruce Stoller
Bruce Stoller

Its just more bullshit than one really  needs-I always thought Joni Mitchell was a snore anyway- 

sally
sally

UNBELIEVABLE!!Dylan is not authentic?? He broke out as a totally new voice in music, and has been a primary musical influence for more than 50 years. Joni Mitchell never wrote anything but trivial and trite songs.Bob Dylan has more talent in the tip of his little finger than Joni Mitchell will have in 20 lifetimes.

George
George

Really? Joni is correct? Folk and Blues artists were hardly even Close to Bob Dylan in terms of their songwriting. Some of us have done their homework!!

Robert
Robert

Bob Dylan will go down in history as an iconic cultural and musical figure. His sheer influence on music today is still being felt. I guess Joni Mitchell is just a bit jealous since she hasn't produced anything worthwhile in recent years. She's got a lot of nerve criticizing Dylan, I mean who is she? She was even invited to tour with him for crying out loud!

James
James

I will have to get back to you on If Bob Dylan is a fake (fake What ??) This is my first blog. I wanted to volunteer in listening to Jonis` song ``Be Cool..50 50 fire & Ice...`` off hand I say any songs I write are more like Jonis` then say Snoop Dogs.. but wait I*m getting news in on the Obama Tea party wars; wheres O B 1 when you need him/Log off/end of line .

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