Joni Mitchell calls Dylan a 'fake'
FOLK LEGEND Joni Mitchell has launched a scathing attack on Bob Dylan, labelling him a "fake" and a "plagiarist".
The Canadian-born singer-songwriter told a reporter from the 'LA Times' that: "Bob is not authentic at all. He's a plagiarist and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception."
Explaining her name change (Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson) she said: "My parents wanted a boy, so they called me Robert John. When I came out a girl, they just added two letter 'A's to that.
"Then I married Chuck Mitchell. I wanted to keep my maiden name but he wouldn't let me."
Mitchell (66) then moved on to other artists, including Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, whom she accused of "(sleeping with) their whole bands and falling down drunk".
She said: "Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero -- she marks the turning point."
The one artist she praised was Jimi Hendrix, whom she described as "the sweetest guy".
She also alluded to how one of the world's greatest guitarists had become frustrated about his public image.
"He made his reputation by setting his guitar on fire, but that became repugnant to him," she said.
Mitchell added that Hendrix had said of his audience: "I can't stand to do that any more but they expect it." (© Independent News Service)