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August 13, 2022

'Carey' — Joni Mitchell

I read Joni Mitchell's wonderful account about how this song came to be written in a 2014 Wall Street Journal story/interview.

I had my Crack Research Team©® bring it up on Google and just below it was "I was Joni Mitchell's 'Carey': an interview with Cary Raditz," 38-minutes long, uploaded to YouTube April 14, 2022 via The New Statesman.

YouTube description:

For 50 years, the "mean old daddy" immortalized in one of Joni Mitchell's best-loved songs was an enigma.

For the first time, he tells his side of the story to the New Statesman's lead interviewer, Kate Mossman.

Kate and Cary Raditz met in Paris in late 2021 to talk about a love affair that began on the island of Crete in the spring of 1970 (below),


[Joni Mitchell with Cary Raditz and her dulcimer in a park in Heraklion, Crete, in the spring of 1970.]

continued in California and England, and which became a part of Mitchell's iconic album, "Blue."

Written and read by Kate Mossman.

It was first published on the New Statesman website on December 17, 2021, and in the magazine on January 7, 2022, updated on July 25, 2022.

The New Statesman article is here.

Next, I had the Team©® look for more from Joni Mitchell on the two of them and up came a fuller version of the 2014 WSJ interview with Marc Myers referenced above.

Lagniappe: Myers, after interviewing Mitchell, wrote, "After interviewing Joni Mitchell about her song 'Carey,' I realized I needed to find the real Cary Raditz, to capture his side of the story."

Scroll down here till you get to it.

But wait — there's more!

1970 proved to be an eventful year for Mitchell, culminating in her legendary performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in front of 600,000 (!) borderline out of control attendees.

She'd missed Woodstock and perhaps thought this was a chance to experience that sort of magic.

This excellent documentary

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gives a real sense of what went down.

Read about Mitchell's remarkable courage facing down a disgruntled huge and potentially dangerous crowd here.

What she'd hoped would be Woodstock II very nearly became Altamont redux, with a enormous drug-fueled crowd with no intention of buying tickets that was starting to break down the fences and overwhelm near-absent security.

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