Joni Mitchell Talks Blackface, Taylor Swift Comparison

February 9, 2015

Joni Mitchell recounted the circumstances that led her to wear blackface and become "the black guy in front" on the cover of her 1977 album, Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, in a new interview with New York.  "I was being butchered by a dentist who...



Joni Mitchell Nixed Taylor Swift-Starring Biopic

November 25, 2014

In April 2012, it was reported that Taylor Swift was in talks to portray folk legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joni Mitchell in the big-screen adaptation of Girls Like Us, a book that focuses on the impact of Mitchell, Carol King...


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...



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...


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,...


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...



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...


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....


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...


Album Review


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...


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...



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....


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...


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,...



Q&A: Joni Mitchell

December 26, 2002

WHEN JONI MITCHELL RECENTLY DESCRIBED the music industry as "a cesspool" in the pages of Rolling Stone, her remark showed up on CNN. This was shortly followed by the news that Mitchell intends her latest collection, the double-CD Travelogue, to be...


Q&A: Joni Mitchell

October 31, 2002

A man once came up to Joni Mitchell and told her that she was the greatest female singer-songwriter ever, only to have the woman he meant to compliment walk away. He imagined she was being humble – in truth, she was vaguely pissed off. Let's face...

Album Review


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;...


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...



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...