Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Apr 23rd 2010 10:00AM by Steve Baltin
"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," the writer said. But Mitchell didn't see the similarities. "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," she said.
Mitchell also said there was a perfectly good reason she changed her name. "As for my name, 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," she revealed. "Then I married Chuck Mitchell; I wanted to keep my maiden name -- I had a bit of a following as Joni Anderson -- but he wouldn't let me."
Notoriously outspoken and tough, Mitchell does have praise for one '60s rock legend. "Just before he died, Jimi Hendrix, his drummer [Mitch Mitchell] and I would sit up all night listening to tapes of our shows," she said. "Jimi was the sweetest guy. He made his reputation by setting his guitar on fire, but that eventually became repugnant to him. 'I can't stand to do that anymore,' he said, 'but they've come to expect it. I'd like to just stand still like Miles [Davis].'"