In addition, she contended that in her opinion her voice became a more interesting and expressive alto range when she could no longer hit the high notes, let alone hold them like she did in her youth. Retrieved March 7, The album that resulted, Dog Eat Dog , released in October , turned out to be only a moderate seller, peaking at No. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority — in the absence of hour doctor care — to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. There are also wild substitutions and scatters, as well as a pick-and-click feature so you can choose spins or coins.
She later wrote, "[he] left me three months pregnant in an attic room with no money and winter coming on and only a fireplace for heat. The spindles of the banister were gap-toothed fuel for last winter's occupants. In Toronto, she could at least do so quietly, without alarming her relatives back home. In February she gave birth to a baby girl. Unable to provide for the baby, she placed her daughter, Kelly Dale Anderson, for adoption.
The experience remained private for most of her career, but she made allusions to it in several songs, for example " Little Green ," which she performed in the s and recorded eventually for the album Blue. The existence of Mitchell's daughter was not publicly known until , when a roommate from Mitchell's art-school days in the s sold the story of the adoption to a tabloid magazine.
Mitchell and her daughter met in When she could not express herself to the person she wanted to talk to, she became attuned to the whole world and she began to write personally. A few weeks after the birth of her daughter in , Joni Anderson was playing gigs again around Yorkville, beginning to sing original material for the first time, written with her unique open tunings.
There she met Chuck Mitchell, an American folk singer from Michigan. Chuck was immediately attracted to her and impressed by her performance, and he told her that he could get her steady work in the coffeehouses he knew in the United States.
In one interview, Mitchell claimed she married Chuck only 36 hours after they met, but it is unclear if they were ever married in Toronto. Sometime in late April, Joni left Canada for the first time, going with Chuck to the US, where the two began playing music together. She said, "I made my dress and bridesmaids' dresses. We had no money I walked down the aisle brandishing my daisies. The marriage and partnership of Joni and Chuck Mitchell dissolved in early , and Joni moved to New York City to follow her musical path as a solo artist.
She performed frequently in coffeehouses and folk clubs and, by this time creating her own material, became well known for her unique songwriting and her innovative guitar style.
Folk singer Tom Rush had met Mitchell in Toronto and was impressed with her songwriting ability. He took "Urge for Going" to the popular folk artist Judy Collins , but she was not interested in the song at the time, so Rush recorded it himself.
Collins also covered "Chelsea Morning", another recording that eclipsed Mitchell's own commercial success early on. While Mitchell was playing one night in the Gaslight South,  a club in Coconut Grove , Florida, David Crosby walked in and was immediately struck by her ability and her appeal as an artist.
Soon she was being managed by Elliot Roberts , who had a close business association with David Geffen. Crosby convinced a record company to let Mitchell record a solo acoustic album without the folk-rock overdubs in vogue at that time, and his clout earned him a producer's credit in March , when Reprise Records released her debut album, known either as Joni Mitchell or Song to a Seagull.
Mitchell toured steadily to promote the LP. The tour helped create eager anticipation for Mitchell's second LP, Clouds , which was released in April This album contained Mitchell's own versions of some of her songs already recorded and performed by other artists: The covers of both LPs, including a self-portrait on Clouds , were designed and painted by Mitchell, a blending of her painting and music that she continued throughout her career. The following month, Reprise released her third album, Ladies of the Canyon.
Mitchell's sound was already beginning to expand beyond the confines of acoustic folk music and toward pop and rock, with more overdubs, percussion, and backing vocals, and for the first time, many songs composed on piano, which became a hallmark of Mitchell's style in her most popular era.
The album also included the already-familiar song "The Circle Game" and the environmental anthem " Big Yellow Taxi ", with its now-famous line, "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Ladies of the Canyon was an instant smash on FM radio and sold briskly, eventually becoming Mitchell's first gold album selling over a half million copies.
She made a decision to stop touring for a year and just write and paint, yet she was still voted "Top Female Performer" for by Melody Maker , a leading UK pop music magazine.
The songs she wrote during the months she took off for travel and life experience appeared on her next album, Blue , released in June Comparing Joni Mitchell's talent to his own, David Crosby said, "By the time she did Blue , she was past me and rushing toward the horizon".
Blue was an almost instant critical and commercial success, peaking in the top 20 in the Billboard Album Charts in September and also hitting the British Top 3. The lushly produced " Carey " was the single at the time, but musically, other parts of Blue departed further from the sounds of Ladies of the Canyon. Her most confessional album, Mitchell later said of Blue , "I have, on occasion, sacrificed myself and my own emotional makeup, We all suffer for our loneliness, but at the time of Blue , our pop stars never admitted these things.
Mitchell later remarked, "At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn't pretend in my life to be strong.
Mitchell decided to return to the live stage after the great success of Blue , and she presented new songs on tour which appeared on her next album, her fifth, For the Roses. The album was released in October and immediately zoomed up the charts. Court and Spark , released in January , saw Mitchell begin the flirtation with jazz and jazz fusion that marked her experimental period ahead. Court and Spark went to No. The LP made Mitchell a widely popular act for perhaps the only time in her career, on the strength of popular tracks such as the rocker "Raised on Robbery", which was released right before Christmas , and " Help Me ", which was released in March of the following year, and became Mitchell's only Top 10 single when it peaked at No.
Express as what she called her first real backing group. In February , her tour with the L. Express began, and they received rave notices as they traveled across the United States and Canada during the next two months. A series of shows at L. In November, Mitchell released that album, Miles of Aisles , a two-record set including all but two songs from the L. Music Center, on March 4, were also included in the set.
The live album slowly moved up to No. Mitchell went into the studio in early to record acoustic demos of some songs that she had written since the Court and Spark tour. A few months later she recorded versions of the tunes with her band. Her musical interests were now diverging from both the folk and the pop scene of the era, toward less structured, more jazz-inspired pieces, with a wider range of instruments.
On "The Jungle Line", she made an early effort at sampling a recording of African musicians, something that became more commonplace among Western rock acts in the s. In early , Mitchell traveled with friends who were driving cross country to Maine. Afterwards, she drove back to California alone and composed several songs during her journey which featured on her next album, 's Hejira. She stated that "This album was written mostly while I was traveling in the car.
That's why there were no piano songs The album climbed to No. Hejira "did not sell as briskly as Mitchell's earlier, more "radio-friendly" albums, [but] its stature in her catalogue has grown over the years". In she said, "I suppose a lot of people could have written a lot of my other songs, but I feel the songs on Hejira could only have come from me. In mid, Mitchell began work on new recordings that became her first double studio album. Close to completing her contract with Asylum Records, Mitchell felt that this album could be looser in feel than any album she'd done in the past.
She invited Pastorius back, and he brought with him fellow members of jazz fusion pioneers Weather Report , including drummer Don Alias and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Other songs continued the jazz-rock-folk collisions of Hejira. Mitchell also revived "Jericho", written years earlier a version is found on her live album but never recorded in a studio setting.
Don Juan's Reckless Daughter was released in December The album received mixed reviews but still sold relatively well, peaking at No. The cover of the album created its own controversy: Mitchell was featured in several photographs, including one where she was disguised as a black man, wearing a curly afro wig, a white suit and vest, and dark sunglasses. The character, whom she called Art Nouveau, was based on a pimp who, she says, once complimented her while walking down an LA street — and was a symbol of her turn toward jazz and streetwise lyrics.
A few months after the release of Don Juan's Reckless Daughter , Mitchell was contacted by the esteemed jazz composer, bandleader and bassist Charles Mingus , who had heard the orchestrated song "Paprika Plains", and wanted her to work with him.
She began a collaboration with Mingus, who died before the project was completed in She finished the tracks, and the resulting album, Mingus , was released in June , though it was poorly received in the press.
Fans were confused over such a major change in Mitchell's overall sound, and though the album topped out at No. Mitchell's tour to promote Mingus began in August in Oklahoma City and concluded six weeks later with five shows at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre and one at the Santa Barbara County Bowl , where she recorded and filmed the concert.
It was her first tour in several years, and with Pastorius, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny , and other members of her band, Mitchell also performed songs from her other jazz-inspired albums. When the tour ended she began a year of work, turning the tapes from the Santa Barbara County Bowl show into a two-album set and a concert film, both to be called Shadows and Light. Her final release on Asylum Records and her second live double-album, it was released in September , and made it up to No.
For a year and a half, Mitchell worked on the tracks for her next album. During this period she recorded with bassist Larry Klein , whom she married in While the album was being readied for release, her friend David Geffen, founder of Asylum Records , decided to start a new label, Geffen Records.
Still distributed by Warner Bros. The album peaked on the Billboard Charts in its fifth week at No. A performance from the tour was videotaped and later released on home video and later DVD as Refuge of the Roads.
As ended, Mitchell was writing new songs, when she received a suggestion from Geffen that perhaps an outside producer with experience in the modern technical arenas that they wanted to explore might be a worthy addition.
British synthpop performer and producer Thomas Dolby was brought on board. Of Dolby's role, Mitchell later commented: So on that level we did have some problems He may be able to do it faster. He may be able to do it better, but the fact is that it then wouldn't really be my music. The album that resulted, Dog Eat Dog , released in October , turned out to be only a moderate seller, peaking at No.
One of the songs on the album, "Tax Free", created controversy by lambasting " televangelists " and what she saw as a drift to the religious right in American politics. Mitchell continued experimenting with synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers for the recordings of her next album, 's Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm.
The album's first official single, "My Secret Place", was in fact a duet with Gabriel, and just missed the Billboard Hot charts. The song "Lakota" was one of many songs on the album to take on larger political themes, in this case the Wounded Knee incident , the deadly battle between Native American activists and the FBI on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the previous decade.
Musically, several songs fit into the trend of world music popularized by Gabriel during the era. Reviews were mostly favorable towards the album, and the cameos by well-known musicians brought it considerable attention. Throughout the first half of , Mitchell recorded songs that appeared on her next album. She delivered the final mixes for the new album to Geffen just before Christmas, after trying nearly a hundred different sequences for the songs.
The album Night Ride Home was released in March In the United Kingdom, the album premiered at No. Critically, it was better received than her s work and seemed to signal a move closer to her acoustic beginnings, along with some references to the style of Hejira. To wider audiences, the real "return to form" for Mitchell came with 's Grammy -winning Turbulent Indigo. While the recording period also saw the divorce of Mitchell and bassist Larry Klein , their marriage having lasted almost 12 years, Indigo was seen as Mitchell's most accessible set of songs in years.
Songs such as "Sex Kills", "Sunny Sunday", "Borderline" and "The Magdalene Laundries" mixed social commentary and guitar-focused melodies for "a startling comeback". In , Mitchell agreed to release a greatest Hits collection when label Reprise also allowed her a second album, called Misses , to include some of the lesser known songs from her career.
Hits charted at No. Mitchell also included on Hits , for the first time on an album, her first recording, a version of "Urge for Going" which preceded Song to a Seagull but was previously released only as a B-side.
Two years later, Mitchell released her final set of "original" new work before nearly a decade of other pursuits, 's Taming the Tiger. She promoted Tiger with a return to regular concert appearances, including a co-headlining tour with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.
On the album, Mitchell had played a custom guitar equipped with a Roland hexaphonic pickup which connected to a Roland VG-8 modeling processor. The device allowed Mitchell to play any of her many alternate tunings without having to re-tune the guitar.
The guitar's output, through the VG-8, was transposed to any of her tunings in real-time. This improved live performance as Mitchell didn't need to switch guitars between songs. It was around this time that critics also began to notice a real change in Mitchell's voice, particularly on her older songs; the singer later admitted to feeling the same way, explaining that "I'd go to hit a note and there was nothing there".
In addition, she contended that in her opinion her voice became a more interesting and expressive alto range when she could no longer hit the high notes, let alone hold them like she did in her youth. The singer's next two albums featured no new songs and, Mitchell has said, were recorded to "fulfill contractual obligations",  but on both she attempted to make use of her new vocal range in interpreting familiar material. Both Sides Now was an album composed mostly of covers of jazz standards, performed with an orchestra, featuring orchestral arrangements by Vince Mendoza.
The album also contained remakes of "A Case of You" and the title track "Both Sides, Now", two early hits transposed down to Mitchell's now dusky, soulful alto range. It received mostly strong reviews and spawned a short national tour, with Mitchell accompanied by a core band featuring Larry Klein on bass plus a local orchestra on each tour stop. Its success led to 's Travelogue , a collection of re-workings of her previous songs with lush orchestral accompaniments. Mitchell stated at the time that Travelogue would be her final album.
In a interview with Rolling Stone , she voiced discontent with the current state of the music industry, describing it as a "cesspool". During the next few years, the only albums Mitchell released were compilations of her earlier work. In , her Geffen recordings were collected in a remastered four-disc box set, The Complete Geffen Recordings , including notes by Mitchell and three previously unreleased tracks.
A series of themed compilations of songs from earlier albums were also released: The Beginning of Survival , Dreamland , and Songs of a Prairie Girl , the last of which collected the threads of her Canadian upbringing and which she released after accepting an invitation to the Saskatchewan Centennial concert in Saskatoon. In the Prairie Girl liner notes, she writes that the collection is "my contribution to Saskatchewan's Centennial celebrations".
In the early s, Mitchell signed a deal with Random House to publish an autobiography. Although Mitchell stated that she would no longer tour or give concerts, she has made occasional public appearances to speak on environmental issues.
In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen in October , Mitchell "revealed that she was recording her first collection of new songs in nearly a decade", but gave few other details. Of the flurry of recent activity she quipped, "I've never worked so hard in my life.
In mid, Mitchell's official fan-run site confirmed speculation that she had signed a two-record deal with Starbucks ' Hear Music label. Shine was released by the label on September 25, , debuting at number 14 on the Billboard album chart, her highest chart position in the United States since the release of Hejira in , over thirty years previously, and at number 36 on the United Kingdom albums chart.
On the same day, Herbie Hancock , a longtime associate and friend of Mitchell's, released River: The Joni Letters , an album paying tribute to Mitchell's work. It was the first time in 43 years that a jazz artist took the top prize at the annual award ceremony. In a interview with the Los Angeles Times , Mitchell was quoted as saying that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan , with whom she had worked closely in the past, was a fake and a plagiarist.
The controversial remark was widely reported by other media. In , Mitchell said that she has Morgellons syndrome ,  the informal name given to a self-diagnosed skin condition that is generally believed to be delusional infestation , according to a study conducted by the CDC as well as consensus within the medical community. On March 31, , Mitchell was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home. She regained consciousness in an ambulance on her way to hospital, but was taken to intensive care for tests.
On April 28, , an official statement was made through JoniMitchell. Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital — but she comprehends, she's alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority — in the absence of hour doctor care — to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital.
As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts. On May 29, , it was confirmed that Mitchell had suffered a brain aneurysm and that while speech was difficult, she had been communicating with others. As of May Mitchell was expected to be moved to a rehabilitation facility, as her condition was still considered to be "very serious". The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well.
She is not walking yet In July , Mitchell was back at home, undergoing physical therapy and "making progress", according to her lawyer Rebecca J. Mitchell made her first public appearance following the aneurysm when she attended a Chick Corea concert in Los Angeles in August Despite her prominence among the young musicians of the s and s, and her writing of " Woodstock " where she was prevented from performing because her manager thought it was more advantageous to appear on The Dick Cavett Show  , she did not align herself with the Baby Boom era's protest movements or its cultural manifestation, the associated s counter-culture.
She has said that the parents of the boomers were unhappy, and "out of it came this liberated, spoiled, selfish generation into the costume ball of free love, free sex, free music, free, free, free, free we're so free.
And Woodstock was the culmination of it. I played in Fort Bragg. I went the Bob Hope route because I had uncles who died in the war, and I thought it was a shame to blame the boys who were drafted. Musically he's not very gifted. While some of Mitchell's most popular songs were written on piano, almost every song she composed on the guitar uses an open , or non-standard, tuning; she has written songs in some 50 tunings, playing what she has called "Joni's weird chords".
The use of alternative tunings allows guitarists to produce accompaniment with more varied and wide-ranging textures. In , Mitchell's friend Fred Walecki, proprietor of Westwood Music in Los Angeles, developed a solution to alleviate her continuing frustration with using multiple alternative tunings in live settings.
Walecki designed a Stratocaster-style guitar to function with the Roland VG-8 virtual guitar , a system capable of configuring her numerous tunings electronically. While the guitar itself remained in standard tuning, the VG-8 encoded the pickup signals into digital signals which were then translated into the altered tunings.
This allowed Mitchell to use one guitar on stage, while an off-stage tech entered the preprogrammed tuning for each song in her set. Mitchell was also highly innovative harmonically in her early work —72 , incorporating modality , chromaticism , and pedal points. In Rolling Stone named her the 72nd greatest guitarist of all time; she was the highest-ranked woman on the list. Mitchell's approach to music struck a chord with many female listeners.
In an era dominated by the stereotypical male rock star, she presented herself as "multidimensional and conflicted Mitchell asserted her desire for artistic control throughout her career, and still holds the publishing rights for her music.
She has disclaimed the notion that she is a "feminist"; in a interview she rejected the label, stating, "I'm not a feminist. I don't want to get a posse against men. I'd rather go toe-to-toe; work it out. Whatever Mitchell's stated views of feminism, what she represents more than any other performer of her era is the new prominence of women's perspectives in cultural and political life. Madonna has also cited Mitchell as the first female artist that really spoke to her as a teenager; "I was really, really into Joni Mitchell.
I knew every word to Court and Spark ; I worshipped her when I was in high school. I would have to say of all the women I've heard, she had the most profound effect on me from a lyrical point of view. Several artists have had success covering Mitchell's songs. This is Mitchell's most-covered song by far, with over 1, versions recorded at latest count.
Pop group Neighborhood in and Amy Grant in scored hits with covers of "Big Yellow Taxi", the third-most covered song in Mitchell's repertoire with over covers. Mandy Moore covered "Help Me" in In singer George Michael covered her song "Edith and the Kingpin" for a radio show.
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