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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Albert Cafaro on 02-08-18

Just what I hoped for

A huge Joni fan and I’ve never read any books about her. I found this audio book a pure joy. Yaffe creates a clear picture of the woman and her music with every influence in the people and places that shaped her. The narration by Ms Sands is exquisite, so beautiful at times you are lulled into believing it is Joni herself.

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