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I recently started following the zventenze blog because they’ve been posting a lot of Eastern European winter festivals and costumes, which introduced me to some of the stylin’est, greatest imagery I never knew about. SO GOOD. 

These remind me of my grandmother’s sets of unedited folklore from around the world, which captured my imagination as a child. The stories were always scarier, more surreal, and more beautiful than their post-Victorian retellings. My favorites – regardless of origin – gave me this same cozy-creepy feeling.

  • First three are Bulgarian kukeri, or mummers.
  • Next two are New Year’s bear dancers in eastern Romania, (which I’ve seen posted everywhere but only just learned the context.)
  • Last two are Kurants from the Kurentovanje Festival in Slovenia. 
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“This picture of us hugging at the Newport Folk Festival … Leonard did “Suzanne.” I’d met him and I went, ‘I love that song. What a great song.’ Really. “Suzanne” was one of the greatest songs I ever heard. So I was proud to meet an artist. He made me feel humble, because I looked at that song and I went, ‘Woah. All my songs seem so naive by comparison.’ It raised the standard of what I wanted to write.”

- Joni Mitchell, from “Joni Mitchell In Her Own Words,” Interview by Malka Marom.

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Joni Mitchell meeting Leonard Cohen. Newport Folk Festival, 1967.

“Joni: So when I met Leonard, I said to him, "I need to read some books…”

He gave me his reading list, wonderful books: Camus, The Stranger, the I Ching, which I’ve used all my life, Magister Ludi, Siddharta. A wonderful reading list.“

Excerpted from "Joni Mitchell. In Her Own Words”, by Malka Marom.