Digital Journal: my interview with Malka Marom, author of “Joni Mitchell”

Read my interview with Malka Marom about her books “Sulha” and “Joni Mitchell – In Her Own Words”

Digital Journal: Interview with Malka Marom

Digital Journal: Interview with Malka Marom

Malka Marom’s latest book “Joni Mitchell – In Her Own Words” details the intimate interviews she had with Canadian painter/songwriter and artist Joni Mitchell over the decades.

Joni Mitchell, known to stay away from the media spotlight, talks freely and openly about herself in Marom’s interviews. It is Marom’s gentle inquisitive style of questioning that draws the story out from her guests making them feel comfortable to share their inner thoughts and feelings with her. Marom’s career included being a host of CBC’s weekly show “Song Of Our People” and also City TV’s weekly show “Mosaic”. Her debut novel “Sulha” was loosely written about her experience living in the tents of the Bedouin people of Sinai. She also produced “The Bedouins”, a film documentary which won the Ohio State Award. Digital Journal via Fiction Frenzy TV VLog Channel had the opportunity to interview Ms. Marom about her debut novel “Sulha” and her latest book “Joni Mitchell – In Her Own Words”. She talks about her first chance encounter with Joni Mitchell in a dark cafe in Yorkville one dark stormy night.

Malka Marom is dressed in the Bedouin attire while staying as a guest in the Bedouin women s tents.

Malka Marom
Malka Marom is dressed in the Bedouin attire while staying as a guest in the Bedouin women’s tents.

Malka Marom sits with her dear friend Joni Mitchell</p><br /> <p>photo copyright: Malka Marom

Malka Marom
Malka Marom sits with her dear friend Joni Mitchell photo copyright: Malka Marom

Three deep-running interviews with singer-songwriter Mitchell, by singer-journalist Marom. Conducted in 1973, 1979 and 2012, these are more conversations than interviews; Mitchell picks up Marom’s questions and turns them about as she fashions an answer. She is as candid here as she is sometimes cryptic in her lyrics: revelatory, nervy, emotionally and existentially raw. She doesn’t belabor her romantic relationships (as Rolling Stone was fond of doing) but fills in blanks about her younger days, alone and pregnant and destitute in Toronto, strumming her way to the big stage via a ukulele and weeks of practice. Mitchell is happier, it seems, talking about Nietzsche, Jung and the I Ching or summoning what it is like to be uniquely alive on stage: “One of the things I have had to battle is an almost euphoric feeling….You’re up there alone and receiving all this mass adoration, and you’re liking it.” – Kirkus Reviews

Malka Marom with Leonard Cohen </p><br /> <p>photo copyright: Malka Marom

Malka Marom
Malka Marom with Leonard Cohen photo copyright: Malka Marom

Marom speaks about her life experiences with passion and honesty sprinkled with a sweet sense of humour. When asked about her alleged relationship with singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, Marom explains about how she was first introduced to him backstage at Madison Square Garden. When asked, she reveals a special surprise about her friendship with Leonard Cohen.

Watch the video interviews to learn more about Marom’s life and work. You can also find more information about Malka Marom and her work at the links below:

Website: MalkaMarom.com

JONI MITCHELL In Her Own Words
Author: Malka Marom
Online Publish Date: April 2, 2014
Publisher: ECW Press
Pages: 344
Publication Date: October 9, 2014
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-7704-1132-6
Category: Nonfiction 18 paintings; 26 photos, 4-color throughout

Interviewed by: Anne-Rae Vasquez for Fiction Frenzy TV VLog Show and Digital Journal
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/a-and-e/entertainment/video-malka-marom-author-of-joni-mitchell-in-her-own-words/article/384597#ixzz32hHwtoVw

 

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