On this work, I tried to fuse two images together while seeing to it that the resulting image would fit an 18X10 frame. The two images are
a photograph which has been processed to look cartoonized and the illustration that was inspired by it. These two images are opposites of
each other in their own right.
The photo looks raw, down-to-earth and portrays an actual and not so unusual event for the characters involved it. The illustration that it
inspired retains the former's somewhat primitive character but possesses a finesse and cosmopolitanism far detached from the original while
still assuming the same animal forms that gave it essence.
amongst others, but doesn’t explain why. Here’s why:
The photographer was explorer W. Jesco von Puttkamer, who documented the plight of “Brazil’s Beleaguered Indians” for National Geographic‘s February 1975 issue.
Joni Mitchell’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns was released in November 1975. In her notes, Mitchell tells us that she “drew the cover and designed the package with
research help and guidance from Glen Christensen, Elektra/Asylum Art Director.” She thanks National Geographic Magazine and others, as I’ve already said. She does
not, however, mention W. Jesco von Puttkamer by name.
Of course, I realize that 1975 is a long time ago, but it was only today at a garage sale that I purchased the National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our World (1979)
for a buck and instantly recognized the reprint of W. Jesco von Puttkamer’s photo on page 72 as one of the primary reference sources for Joni Mitchell’s drawing.
Ragged Claws Network
Photo from mylonesomeblues.tumblr.com
This is the album's outside gatefold.
This is the version of the gatefold which I used for the work above.
No. 217, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000
Album produced by Joni Mitchell. Asylum 1975.
"I drew the cover and designed the package with research help and guidance from Glen Christensen, Electra/Asylum Art Director. The photo is Norman Seef's."
- Joni Mitchell (with thanks to National Geographic Magazine) jonimitchell.com
Boho Dance" from her 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns. If the couplet was an acknowledgment of her Canadian well-bredness, it was also the perfect
metaphor for the increasing sophistication of her music at that time, the “lace along the seams” of her songs.
“For a long time, I’ve been playing in straight rhythms,” Mitchell told her friend, Malka Marom, in 1973, in the first of the three extended interviews that are
included in the book Both Sides Now. “But now, in order to sophisticate my music to my own taste, I push it into odd places that feel a little unusual to me, so
that I feel I’m stretching out.”
Sophistication – melodic, lyrical, compositional – is an undervalued currency in popular music, though it illuminates the finest songs written by artists as diverse
as Lennon and McCartney, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Brian Wilson, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield as well as the songwriters for hire of an earlier era – Cole
Porter, Rodgers and Hart, George Gershwin. It also defines the best songs that Joni Mitchell wrote at her creative peak, which, for me, stretched from the release
of Blue (1971), For the Roses (1972), Court and Spark (1974) and The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975), to the pared and broodingly atmospheric Hejira (1976).
Sean O'Hagan on The Guardian, edited
(A) In France They Kiss on Main Street - The Jungle Line - Edith and the Kingpin - Don't Interrupt the Sorrow - Shades of Scarlett Conquering
(B) The Hissing of Summer Lawns - The Boho Dance - Harry's House/Centerpiece - Sweet Bird - Shadows and Light
"The Hissing of Summer Lawns" music video from sonicboy19 on YouTube.
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