Spanking Joni Mitchell

joni mitcell and graham nash

Update 2013: Thanks to Luther for leaving a comment about this extract from the book Wild Tales by 60s/70s rock star Graham Nash. It seems Joni Mitchell was spanked twice as an adult – by different partners!

Graham Nash first met Joni Mitchell backstage after a Hollies gig – within months he moved in with her in LA. He was the British star of the world’s original supergroup, Crosby, Stills and Nash. Joni Mitchell was the poster-girl of the hippy generation. But as drink and drugs took their toll, rock’s first couple fell into all-out war…

We had a short tour in Europe with Joni, and it went weird in Copenhagen. A few days earlier, we did a show in Stockholm, rapping as usual about politics onstage with a gentle anti-American slant, especially when it came to the Vietnam War and the myth behind the Kennedy assassination. It upset Joan. We were in our hotel when I asked her what was up.

‘You keep slagging America after it gave you all this opportunity,’ she said. ‘Why are you biting the hand that feeds you?’

We argued. Then she poured her cornflakes and milk over my head. I was stunned, not to say p****d off.

She expected some response from me – she knew who I was. There was a maid in the room. I turned to her and said: ‘Would you kindly leave?’

Then I put Joni over my knee and I spanked her. With all due respect, she took it very well. It was over within 30 seconds.

Later, we laughed it off. I’m not so sure what she is going to make of me writing about it now, but what can I say? It happened. Me, with a bowl of cornflakes on my head, spanking Joni Mitchell. It was a crazy time.

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A new book has revealed that one of rock music’s greatest female icons received a sound over the knee bottom-warming – aged 23!!

Girls like usPublished in April 2008, Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller charts the lives and careers of three female singers – Carole King, Joni Mitchell and, none other than our good friend, Carly Simon. Their stories are set against the backdrop of American girls coming of age in the late 1960s.

Background to the spanking:

Shortly after leaving art college and moving to Toronto in June 1964, Joni found out that she was pregnant by her folk singer boyfriend Chuck Mitchell. In February 1965 she gave birth to a baby girl who was given up for adoption.

A few weeks after the birth, Joni married Chuck, and in the summer of the same year, he took her with him to the United States. For the following year and a half, they lived together in an apartment in Chuck’s home town, Detroit.

The spanking:

Their relationship was a rocky one with many blazing rows. Sheila Weller writes on page 230 of the book:

At some point after Joni returned to Detroit from Philadelphia in
the early winter of 1966-67, Chuck confronted her. This wasn’t the first time he’d shown his young wife his anger and insecurity.

“I got paranoid, and all this garbage was coming out in my mind about my trying to control Joni and my resentment of her success and my fear of losing her.”

Joni was so angry at Chuck’s possessiveness.

She said, “You’re bringing me down,” Chuck admits. “She’d always say, don’t be possessive!”

He repeatedly asked her if she’d had an affair. She challenged his right to ask the question. She said something like “Well, what if I did?”

And then, Chuck recalls: “I TURNED HER OVER MY KNEE AND SPANKED HER.”

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This photograph shows Chuck and Joni standing by the kitchen window of the Detroit apartment in which the spanking took place.

The aftermath:

Their marriage and partnership dissolved after a year and a half, in early 1967. Thereafter, Joni launched her solo career. Her daughter began a search for her as an adult, and the two were reunited in 1997.

The film:

Girls Like Us is a New York Times bestseller and has already attracted the attention of film and documentary makers.

Variety.com has reported that House executive producer Katie Jacobs has optioned the rights to the book. She will produce as a potential directing vehicle.

Also Shaw TV Winnipeg, a Canadian cable channel, are making a documentary film set for theatrical and DVD release about the relationship between Chuck and Joni.

The title is  Spanking Joni Mitchell!

9 thoughts on “Spanking Joni Mitchell”

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  2. Joni Mitchell’s great, great album, “Blue”, features a song named “Carey”.

    Here is the chorus;

    Carey get out your cane
    I’ll put on some silver
    Oh you’re a mean old Daddy
    But I like you

    Those lines have always sounded to me like the thoughts of a submissive wanting to be cuffed and caned by her Dom.

    Coincidence???

  3. Chross: Thanks 🙂

    Redcheekster: I’ve looked into this and apparently the Carey of the title was a memorable character named Carey Raditz (or “Carrot” Raditz), a cane-carrying chef with bright red hair that Joni met in Crete during her European odyssey of 1970.

    There’s no evidence of course that the cane was ever used on the Mitchell buttocks but it’s a nice thought. And that “mean old daddy line” does make you wonder about the nature of their relationship.

    Perhaps we’ll get a sequel to the film “Spanking Joni Mitchell” called “Caning Joni Mitchell” 🙂

    Thanks for your interesting comment. It’s nice to hear from someone who’s a fan of the music.

    Valdor

  4. Very interesting. Are there more details, I wonder? Did he remove any clothing, pull down her panties(assuming a “hippie chick” like she was was even wearing any)?
    On her album “For the Roses, there is a picture in the album cover of her standing nude on a rocky shoreline,back to the camera,bare bottom exposed in all its glory(too bad the picture is not as clear in the CD booklet).
    Now THAT would have been a perfect situation for her to have gotten a spanking. Someone could have snuck up behind her with a paddle and…

  5. Bumping this old post because I ran across another anecdote about Joni Mitchell getting a spanking, this time from Graham Nash:

    [quote]We had a short tour in Europe with Joni, and it went weird in Copenhagen. A few days earlier, we did a show in Stockholm, rapping as usual about politics onstage with a gentle anti-American slant, especially when it came to the Vietnam War and the myth behind the Kennedy assassination. It upset Joan. We were in our hotel when I asked her what was up.

    ‘You keep slagging America after it gave you all this opportunity,’ she said. ‘Why are you biting the hand that feeds you?’

    We argued. Then she poured her cornflakes and milk over my head. I was stunned, not to say p****d off.

    She expected some response from me – she knew who I was. There was a maid in the room. I turned to her and said: ‘Would you kindly leave?’

    Then I put Joni over my knee and I spanked her. With all due respect, she took it very well. It was over within 30 seconds.

    Later, we laughed it off. I’m not so sure what she is going to make of me writing about it now, but what can I say? It happened. Me, with a bowl of cornflakes on my head, spanking Joni Mitchell. It was a crazy time.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-2418626/Graham-Nash-Come-house-Ill-care-Graham-Nash-Joni-Mitchell-Crosby-Stills.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
    [/quote]

    btw, I looked for news of the film mentioned here based on Girls Like Us. apparently Taylor Swift is signed on to play Joni Mitchell, but it’s been in pre-production for a long time. sounds like it may happen in the next year because there was a site which found casting calls for extras earlier this year. Couldn’t find anything the documentary mentioned.

    1. Thanks Luther. I’ve added the book extract to the main body of the post. I don’t think we’ve ever heard of a celebrity being spanked by two different partners before!

      Taylor Swift is a great piece of casting in my opinion. In the light of the Graham Nash revelations, there’s now the possibility of a sequel too! 🙂

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