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April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In Coconut Grove: An Evening with Cary Raditz


April 12
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Books & Books in Coconut Grove
3409 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States
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Books & Books in Coconut Grove presents…



Carey: Genesis of the Song

(EMRG INC., $22.99)

Friday, April 12th, 2024, 6:30 PM | Books & Books, Coconut Grove


Books & Books in Coconut Grove presents a meet and greet with Cary Raditz for his memoir, Carey: Genesis of the Song (EMRG INC., $22.99).

Cary’s picaresque memoirs close-focus on his friendship with Joni Mitchell during the time while she wrote and composed the Blue Album.

***This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coconut Grove at 3409 Main Hwy. RSVP via the link above to join the conversation!

About the Book:

Cary’s picaresque memoirs close-focus on his friendship with Joni Mitchell during the time while she wrote and composed the Blue Album.

In 1970, Joni and Carey met in Matala, Crete, fell in love, and lived in a cave by the Mediterranean. For his twenty-fourth birthday present Joni wrote him the song, “Carey.”

All this is public knowledge; however, Carey: Genesis of the Song delves beneath superficial fan-facts found in biographies of Joni. Carey‘s back story reveals how powerful life-forces, awakening and dark-night experiences, and travel adventures imprint into his character. The memoir traces Joni and Carey’s interlaced paths from Crete to Hollywood, to the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, London and New York with Joni and James Taylor, and back to California, when in 1971, Reprise Records releases the Blue album.

In this year-in-the-life story while Joni was composing Blue, a mutual quest for authenticity, beauty and independence bonded them. As the memoir draws to a close, Cary fast-forwards from 1971 to fifteen years later at a dinner party in his New York apartment, where Joni is a guest. Cary ponders the meaning of the songs on Blue and the effect the album has had on his life.


About the Author:

Cary Raditz lives in a corner of the Northwest Branch Park in Maryland, foraging for mushrooms along forest trails that lead from his writing room, a treehouse he built when the world was new. When people ask, “Where did you grow up?” he replies, “I never did.”

A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, for over fifty years Cary has travelled and worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, and New York as a vagabond, migrant worker, Peace Corps volunteer, international banker, financial consultant and institutional investment analyst. His memoir, Carey: Genesis of the Song focuses on his travels in the early 1970s, when he and Joni Mitchell lived in a cave together in Crete.