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Publisher's Summary

Joni Mitchell is a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans. In her heyday she released 10 experimental, challenging, and revealing albums; her lyrics captivated people with the beauty of their language and the rawness of their emotions, both deeply personal to Mitchell and universally relatable to her audience.
In this intimate biography, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs - from her youth on the Canadian prairie, her pre-vaccine bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, up through the quintessential albums and love affairs, and all the way to the present - and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends.
Yaffe has had unprecedented access both to Mitchell and to those who know her, drawing on interviews with childhood friends and the cast of famous characters (Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, and more) with whom she has crossed paths and influenced, as well as insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, their imagery and style, and what they say about the woman herself.
©2017 David Yaffe (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By Barb Stewart on 10-27-17

Terrific retrospective

Great book encompassing Joni's life and career. It makes me want to start listening to her music all over again!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

By Brad on 11-23-17

Fairly interesting text, maddening delivery

The book is interesting, though a bit high flown. The narration is almost impossible to listen to. This woman's attempt at sounding "natural" and "at ease" is so stilted and jive it's positively maddening. There's a male narrator named Don Winslow with the same ridiculous affectation, and it's a shame because he, like this reader, actually has a pleasant sounding voice. It's just the phony delivery that ruins it. I'm really not sure if I'm going to be able to finish it for that reason.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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