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2014

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Joni Mitchell Plots Career-Spanning 'Love Has Many Faces'

October 15, 2014

Joni Mitchell penned countless love songs in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career that has spanned nearly 50 years, but the Canadian singer/songwriter faced a daunting task when she challenged herself to condense her 17 albums into a single disc of...

2013

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Meet the Folk Singer Who Inspired 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

December 2, 2013

People who were close to Dave Van Ronk, the Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz institution, had a feeling someone might be making a movie inspired by his life. A few years ago, Elijah Wald, who co-wrote Van Ronk's posthumous memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal...

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Joni Mitchell Honored in Toronto

June 17, 2013

Joni Mitchell was as colorful, complex and engaging in conversation as she is in her songwriting during a rare 90-minute chat with New York Times chief music critic Jon Pareles as part of Luminato festival's TimesTalks in Toronto last evening. "Music,...

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Amnesty International Releasing Human Rights Concerts

October 7, 2013

On November 5th, Amnesty International will release ¡Released!, a special six-disc DVD and two-disc CD box set featuring four shows from their historic Human Rights Concerts series that spanned from 1986-1998. Amnesty International Unveils...

2012

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Taylor Swift: Joni Mitchell Biopic 'Not Confirmed'

October 22, 2012

Despite a report in Variety earlier this year that Taylor Swift will star in an upcoming Joni Mitchell biopic, the singer says in an interview with Time that the project remains tentative. "That's actually not confirmed," Swift said. "I wish...

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Taylor Swift in Talks to Play Joni Mitchell

April 23, 2012

Taylor Swift is in talks to portray Joni Mitchell in a forthcoming movie, Variety reports. The country pop star is reportedly close to signing on for an adaptation of Sheila Weller's book Girls Like Us, a biography of Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon....

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Hot Scene: The Return to Laurel Canyon

August 28, 2012

Dive into Laurel Canyon — click above for a tour of the home of Cali rock by the Entrance Band The winding steps that climb from Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Jonathan Wilson's hillside house might as well be a time warp: Walking into the guitarist's...

2007

Album Review

Shine

September 20, 2007

Joni Mitchell is the kind of aging egoist who gives ecology a bad name. On her first album in five years and first for Starbucks — a connection some anti-corporatists will foolishly disparage — she rails against environmental ills with the...

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Joni Mitchell Signs to Starbucks' Hear Music Label

July 25, 2007

Last week Rock Daily reported that the next Hear Music signing would be "one of the all-time great female artists." Today, Starbucks' label made it official, announcing Joni Mitchell will join the label following the success of its first major star, Paul...

2006

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Joni Mitchell: Reading Rudyard Kipling, Working On New Material

October 23, 2006

It's been eight years since Joni Mitchell released a new record composed of original material. In 1998 she put out Taming the Tiger, then quit releasing new music, citing crippling frustrations with the music industry as one of many reasons for her retirement....

2004

Album Review

The Beginning Of Survival

September 2, 2004

This is a reissue of social-commentary songs from five albums Joni Mitchell recorded between 1985 and 1998, when she was making music of luxurious, iconoclastic complexity. No intimate acoustic-guitar confessions here. Instead you get rhythms that expand...

2003

Album Review

The Complete Geffen Recordings

September 24, 2003

The eighties weren't kind to Joni Mitchell, and the quintessential introspective singer-songwriter of the Sixties and Seventies disliked them right back. In the liner notes to this box set of her four albums released between 1982 and 1991, Mitchell writes,...

2002

Album Review

Travelogue

November 5, 2002

This bizarre two-disc recording finds the loftiest of singer-songwriters collaborating with a seventy-piece orchestra, revisiting her past work. The arrangements treat Mitchell's tunes as precious artifacts, making little attempt to seduce the listener;...

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Beck: Tears of a Clown

October 17, 2002

Beck's new album, Sea Change, is a sustained meditation on heartbreak, a record for night drives and rainy days. But being Beck, the singer-songwriter celebrated the weeks leading up to its release with a theater tour of two-man gigs just shy of improv...

2001

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Canada Honors Joni Mitchell

October 19, 2001

"I'd like that little spot on the sidewalk to be a place where you don't spit," quipped singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, during her thank-you speech at her induction ceremony for Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. Mitchell, who was honored alongside Canadian...

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Happy Birthday, Bob: An Appreciation of Dylan at 60

June 7, 2001

Michael Chabon:In 1976, my mother, recently divorced, broke up painfully and protractedly with her first real boyfriend since the collapse of her marriage to my father. I turned thirteen that May, and her birthday present to me was Desire. It was my first...

2000

Album Review

Both Sides Now

March 16, 2000

Deep down, Joni Mitchell has always been a jazz singer. Though her compositions center on life lessons and other writerly observations, what animates them are the intricate melodies — jackknifing, sharp-cornered lines that demand to-the-syllable...

1999

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Guitar Gods

April 1, 1999

In his first Rolling Stone interview, published in March 1968, Jimi Hendrix described the moment that changed his life forever: "The first guitarist I was aware of was Muddy Waters. I heard one of his old records when I was a little boy, and it scared...

1998

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Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell: Bash of the Titans

July 9, 1998

On the closing night of his tour with Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan stood onstage at Anaheim's Arrowhead Pond arena, moments before his fifty-seventh birthday. The houselights were up, and Dylan was rollicking his way through "Rainy Day Women...

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