Joni Mitchell

Born 7 November 1943.
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Joni Mitchell - The Girl with the Guitar

Cerys Matthews and Kate Mossman celebrate the legendary Joni Mitchell.

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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 Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of 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, with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock", helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". 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 the radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris".

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  1. Review of Shine

    Shine 2007

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    In short, this is one hell of a comeback.
  2. Review of Dreamland

    Dreamland 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...Joni Mitchell remains almost unimpeachable with a legacy as amazing as this...
  3. Review of Court and Spark

    Court and Spark 1974

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    On album six, Mitchell achieved a sky-high marriage of serenity and yearning.
  4. Review of Blue

    Blue 1971

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    Mitchell’s fourth album became a blueprint for 70s singer-songwriters.
  5. Review of Travelogue


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    In summing up her career, this icon of cerebral West Coast songcraft has produced a...
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