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20 TOP POP STARS Where are they NOW? Print-ready version

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October 17, 2011
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ROCK AND ROLL is as popular as ever with classic tunes being pumped out on radio stations across the country. But what became of the legendary musicians and singers whose hits thrilled teens in the '60s, '70s and '80s? GLOBE has tracked down the icons of rock and found out what happened to them since they released their hits decades ago.

Joni Mitchell
BATTLING MYSTERY DISEASE


THE Big Yellow Taxi singer needs all she can get as she battles the bizarre Morgellons disease that can sprout painful sores and rashes on her body. A star since her 1968 debut album with hits Both Sides Now and Chelsea Morning, the Canadian songbird and polio survivor notes that "Morgellons is always diagnosed as a 'delusion of parasites' and they send you to a psychiatrist." But Joni is convinced it's real. "I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it is from outer space," says the 67 year old singer. "Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm. They cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral."

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