The Party 2000


Rolling Stone
December 30, 1999

The Party 2000. Share champagne and conversation with more than 150 thinkers, rockers, rappers, movers, shakers and the occasional CEO. Advice, resolutions and predictions await. Roll up for the mystery tour.

Joni Mitchell:

KEEP A GOOD HEART. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE. IT'S NOT HOW MUCH MONEY OR WHAT YOU ACQUIRE. BECAUSE THE STREETS ARE SO MEAN NOW."

POLITICAL EVENT: The invention of the pill. It changed the man-and-woman relationship, for better or worse. It created a political controversy as to how much freedom a woman could have in that department.

*PERSONAL EVENT: The return of my family….Yeah, my kid coming back in 1997. It just filled a hole for me, grounded me. I need more discipline…I am a matriarch now, you know, and I enjoy the role. It's very challenging. I said to my daughter one day, "Aren't you glad I didn't raise you?" You know, I'm so picky. And she said, "Well, you can still raise me," and it's true. She's in her mid-thirties, but that generation still hasn't come to maturity. I don't feel I came to maturity, really. There was a turning point at fifty where I thought, "I have patience for some things that I didn't before."

*CULTURAL EVENT: I just recently won a publisher's award and I watched the writers of the winning songs take the podium to receive their awards. Most of these songs are written by four to eight people. And two of them were businessmen. Now, if you've got a guy that has added two words and he's got points on it, he's going o push that piece of shit, you know. Committees - even if you take a committee of Tom Petty and Bob Dylan and so on - don't make anything good.

*TIME CAPSULE: "Jeep's Blues," by Duke Ellington; "Nefertiti: by Miles Davis with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams - one of the best drum solos of the twentieth century; Chuck Berry, "Johnny B. Goode"; Rachmaninoff; anything by Paganini; Chopin's Nocturnes, Isaac Mizrahi clothing, because it's astounding in its artistic construction.

*ADVICE FOR THE CLASS OF 2000: Keep a good heart. That's the most important thing in life. It's not how much money or what you can acquire or anything. The art of it is to keep a good heart, because the streets are so mean now.


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