Archive: I was Joni Mitchell’s “Carey”


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For 50 years, the “mean old daddy” immortalised in one of 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, continued in California and England, and which became a part of Mitchell’s iconic album, Blue.

Written and read by Kate Mossman.

Read the text version here. It was first published on the New Statesman website on 17 December 2021, and in the magazine on 7 January 2022.

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