Nelson writes: "I've attempted a critical appreciation of the record from the lyrics outward...Because that's how I enter music, and that's what I am most taken by when I listen to music." The reason Nelson picked by Joni Mitchell as the subject of his first book is because he wanted to write not just about songwriting but writing itself. What page after page of Court and Spark makes abundantly clear is that when Nelson is not writing he is not doing what he does best."(Charles Mudede, The Stranger)
Nelson writes: “I’ve attempted a critical appreciation of the record from the lyrics outward…Because that’s how I enter music, and that’s what I am most taken by when I listen to music.” The reason Nelson picked by Joni Mitchell as the subject of his first book is because he wanted to write not just about songwriting but writing itself. What page after page of Court and Spark makes abundantly clear is that when Nelson is not writing he is not doing what he does best.”(Sanford Lakoff)
I was a little bit shocked at the obvious lack of editorial oversight here.
While the book is about the album, it really gets at why it was such an important record for women when it was, lensed through Nelson and his mom's experience of it.
I would suggest reading the book while listening to the album, but don't put it on until about page 41.
To read more about my feelings on this nicely done work, please check out my review (less favorable) of the "Aqualung" installment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles H. Lein
This book seems to be about several albums released during Joni Mitchell's most commercially successful period, as much as it is about the title work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark D. Prouse
... Because they all seem to be written by people who will permit NO. CRITICISM. OF MS. MITCHELL. EVER! ;-)
My opinion is that this is a lovely little book. Read more
This series has been hit or miss for me so far but this book was great. Nelson spends a lot of the beginning on both Blue and For the Roses, convincingly tying the themes of both... Read morePublished 13 months ago by NYCer
First of all, you guys writing any more than a couple of lines praising Mr. Nelson's ridiculous review of Joni Mitchell's ENTIRE catalog are completely off your rockers. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DMon
Sean Nelson's take on Joni Mitchell's pivotal album, "Court and Spark" is one of the best books I've read in the 33-1/3 Series, of which I am in general a big fan. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I have re-read this book three times. Even if it was $29.50, it would still be a deal. A fitting tribute to such a landmark album and JM's mammoth talent. Read morePublished on July 17, 2009 by Jessica Hopper
Being a huge Joni Mitchell fan, I expected to enjoy this book. What I didn't expect was it to be so humorous. Mr. Read morePublished on April 12, 2009 by Julia O'Donovan
The album as an enduring form of art? Some of us think so: if you're ever been derided for believing in the wisdom lurking in pop songs, Sean Nelson has your back. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Ennis Smith