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Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004
Personal information
Birth nameRoberta Joan Anderson
BornNovember 7, 1943(age 71)
Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada
OriginSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresFolk-rock, folk-jazz/jazz, pop
OccupationSinger, songwriter, composer, record producer, musician, painter, guitarist, pianist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, dulcimer, ukulele
LabelsReprise (1968 1972, 1994 2001)
Asylum (1972 1981)
Geffen (1982 1993)
Nonesuch (2002)
Hear Music (2007)
Associated actsBuffy Sainte-Marie, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, L.A. Express, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Larry Klein, Thomas Dolby, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young

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Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her native Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965 she moved to the United States and, touring constantly, began to be recognized when her original songs ("Urge for Going," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides, Now," "The Circle Game") were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell and her popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock" helped define an era and a generation. Her more starkly personal 1971 recording Blue has been called one of the best albums ever made. Musically restless, Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974's Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring her radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris."

Mitchell's wide-ranging vocals and her distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with her influences in rock n roll, R&B, classical music and non-western beats. Mitchell's experimental run of jazz-inspired albums, including 1975's The Hissing of Summer Lawns and 1976's Hejira, confused many and hurt Mitchell's sales at the time, but they are acclaimed today. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and Charles Mingus, the latter of whom asked her to collaborate on his final recordings. In her later work Mitchell turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest. Mitchell was also the sole record producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. With roots in visual art, she designed her own album artwork throughout her career. A blunt critic of the music industry, Mitchell quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. Now based in British Columbia, she describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance."

Mitchell has been deeply influential on fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres, and her work is highly respected by critics. Allmusic said, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century," and Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever." Mitchell's lyrics have been noted for their offhand poetic imagery, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside individual feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion and joy.

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Unwrapping the music in 'Tangled': It all begins with Joni Mitchell, says Alan ... - Los Angeles Times (blog) Tweet this news
Los Angeles Times (blog)--Menken recalls that it was -Joni Mitchell's- "Chelsea Morning" that eventually led him to the upbeat melody and jangly feel of "When Will My Life Begin? ... - Date : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:30:19 GMT+00:00
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TwentyFourBit---...- the new single “Time of My Life” to perform a ukulele-backed cover of -Joni Mitchell's- “Willy,” her 1970 Ladies of the Canyon tune about Graham Nash. ... - Date : Fri, 26 Nov 2010 20:08:37 GMT+00:00
Mandy Moore: I want to collaborate with my husband - Tweet this news“I got to go in and sing -Joni Mitchell's- Help Me. I mean, how often do you get to read a scene and sing a -Joni Mitchell- song in an audition?!"--- - Date : Sat, 27 Nov 2010 12:57:12 GMT+00:00
Former Poozie fronts the Joni Mitchell Project - Worcester News Tweet this news
Worcester News--A CAPTIVATING tribute to the music of -Joni Mitchell- is coming to Colwall Village Hall. ... - Date : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:08:06 GMT+00:00
Bowl-Starved Huskies, Success-Starved Locker Need Win Saturday - The SunBreak Tweet this news
The SunBreak--Probably -Joni Mitchell- did not write "Big Yellow Taxi" with college football in mind, but really, don't it always seem to go, you don't know ... - Date : Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:47:17 GMT+00:00
Joni Mitchell tribute gig in York - The Press, York Tweet this news
The Press, York--SALLY Barker interprets the songs of the great Canadian singer-songwriter in The -Joni Mitchell- Project in The Basement at City Screen, York, tonight at 8pm. ... - Date : Fri, 19 Nov 2010 11:13:00 GMT+00:00
Towne Criers, future stars collide - London Free Press Tweet this news
London Free Press--An earlier column mentioned the encounter between Anderson, who became famous a few years later as -Joni Mitchell-, and a London group, The Towne Criers. ... - Date : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:52:25 GMT+00:00
Aspiring Songwriters Compete At Fifth Annual Song Circle Event - NY1 Tweet this news
NY1--“Listen to the best writers that you can think of, you know, like -Joni Mitchell-. If you're a girl, -Joni Mitchell-, Laura Nero, Judy Collins, as a singer, ... - Date : Fri, 19 Nov 2010 20:57:00 GMT+00:00
Joni Mitchell's 'Blue:' a forgotten classic - Texas A&M The Battalion Tweet this news
Texas A&M The Battalion--"Blue" is shamelessly simple - with nothing more complex than an Appalachian dulcimer, -Mitchell- gives the album an easy-to-follow sound, which is good when ... - Date : Thu, 04 Nov 2010 04:03:48 GMT+00:00
Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You/ I'm Hans Christian Andersen/ Running ... - Independent Tweet this news
Independent--The avalanche of words and ideas becomes a little confused in places and, much as we all love -Joni Mitchell-, the singing verges a little on studenty ... - Date : Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:23:30 GMT+00:00

Grammy Awards : California
Year Category Work Result
1969 Best Folk Performance Clouds Won
1974 Album of the Year Court and Spark Nomination
1974 Record of the Year "Help Me" Nomination
1974 Pop Female Vocalist Court and Spark Nomination
1974 Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) "Down To You" Won
1976 Pop Female Vocalist The Hissing of Summer Lawns Nomination
1977 Best Album Package Hejira Nomination
1988 Pop Female Vocalist Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm Nomination
1995 Best Pop Album Turbulent Indigo Won
1995 Best Album Package Turbulent Indigo Won
2000 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Both Sides, Now Nomination
2000 Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Both Sides, Now Won
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2007 Album of the Year River: The Joni Letters Won*
2007 Best Pop Instrumental Performance "One Week Last Summer" Won

Joni Mitchell

Studio albumsSong to a Seagull (1968) * Clouds (1969) * Ladies of the Canyon (1970) * Blue (1971) * For the Roses (1972) * Court and Spark (1974) * The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) * Hejira (1976) * Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (1977) * Mingus (1979) * Wild Things Run Fast (1982) * Dog Eat Dog (1985) * Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm (1988) * Night Ride Home (1991) * Turbulent Indigo (1994) * Taming the Tiger (1998) * Both Sides Now (2000) * Travelogue (2002) * Shine (2007)
Live albumsMiles of Aisles (1974) * Shadows and Light (1980) * Amchitka, The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace (2009)
Compilation albumsThe World of Joni Mitchell (1972) * Hits (1996) * Misses (1996) * The Complete Geffen Recordings (2003) * The Beginning of Survival (2004) * Dreamland (2004) * Songs of a Prairie Girl (2005)
Singles & key songs"Night in the City" (1968) * "Both Sides, Now" (1969) * "Chelsea Morning" (1969) * "Big Yellow Taxi" (1970) * "Woodstock" (1970) * "Carey" (1971) * "California" (1971) * "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio" (1972) * "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire" (1973) * "Raised on Robbery" (1973) * "Help Me" (1974) * "Free Man in Paris" (1974) * "Big Yellow Taxi" (live) (1974) * "In France They Kiss on Main Street" (1976) * "Coyote" (1976) * "Jericho" (1978) * "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (1980) * "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" (1982) * "Be Cool" (1983) * "Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody" (1983) * "Good Friends" (1985) * "Shiny Toys" (1986) * "Snakes and Ladders" (1988) * "My Secret Place" (1988) * "Come in From the Cold" (1991) * "How Do You Stop?" (1994) * "Big Yellow Taxi EP" (1995) * "Harlem in Havana" (1988)
Collaborations"You've Got a Friend" (1971) * The Last Waltz (1978) * The Wall - Live in Berlin (1990) * "Got 'til It's Gone" (1994) * River: The Joni Letters (2007)
VideosShadows and Light (1980) * Refuge of the Roads (1983) * Painting with Words and Music (1999) * Woman of Heart and Mind (2003)
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