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Ep. #875: Ann Powers

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Ann Powers discusses her wondrously written new book, Traveling: On the Path of Joni Mitchell, Pacific Northwest punk bands like D.O.A. and Nomeansno, how she positioned her role in writing this book after years of research and dozens of interviews, her decision about pursuing an interview with Mitchell herself, perspectives on motherhood and what it meant for Mitchell to be a woman in music starting in the 1960s and how that era is perceived today, the problematic critiques of that time period by Mitchell and other artists, Ann’s own trajectory as a lover and critic of music, what it means to interrogate the work of people you love, how artists who have had medical scares like Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young might gain a new appreciation for their own work and audiences, Ann’s upcoming book tour dates, her work on the NPR music newsletter, other future plans, and much more.     

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