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Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell, David Yaffe

Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell
Reckless daughter
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a portrait of Joni Mitchell
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David Yaffe
  • Reckless Daughter tells the story of Mitchell and also of the fertile, exciting musical time of which she was an integral part, one that had a profound effect that can still be felt today on American music and the industry
  • "Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country. A Canadian prairie girl, a free-spirited artist, Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. She was nothing more than "a painter derailed by circumstances," she would explain. And yet, she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and a brilliant bandleader, releasing album after album, each distinctly experimental, challenging, and revealing. Her lyrics captivated listeners with their perceptive language and naked emotion, born out of Mitchell's life, loves, complaints, and prophecies. As an artist whose work deftly balances narrative and musical complexity, she has been admired by such legendary lyricists as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and beloved by such groundbreaking jazz musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Her hits--from "Big Yellow Taxi" to "Both Sides, Now" to "A Case of You"--endure as timeless favorites, and her influence on the generations of singer-songwriters who would follow her, from her devoted fan Prince to Bjï¿1⁄2ork, is undeniable. In this intimate biography, drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs--from Mitchell's youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present--and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Reckless Daughter is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music."--Jacket
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Reckless daughter
A portrait of the music-culture icon shares insight into her use of experimental lyrics while revealing the inspirations behind her most famous songs, from her youth on the Canadian prairie to her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption
Biography type
individual biography
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Dewey number
  • 782.42164092
  • B
index present
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Y34 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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a portrait of Joni Mitchell
a portrait of Joni Mitchell
David Yaffe
Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell, David Yaffe
Reckless daughter : a portrait of Joni Mitchell, David Yaffe
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-392) and index
Preface: Nothing lasts for long -- All things considered, I'd rather be dancing -- Let the wind carry me: lessons in womanhood -- Will you still love me tomorrow? -- A common modern-day fairy tale -- Don't give yourself away -- The word man: Leonard Cohen -- Experienced -- Clouds -- Our house -- Ladies of the canyon -- Sand -- Blue -- Between breakdown and breakthrough -- The sunshine coast -- For the roses -- Star-crossed -- Court and spark: something strange happened -- Miles of aisles -- The queen of queens -- Hejira and the art of losing -- Crazy wisdom -- Mirrored ball -- Don Juan's reckless daughter -- Mingus -- Nervy broad -- Wild things run fast -- Dog eat dog -- Emergency rooms -- Save the bombs for later -- Turbulence -- See you at the movies -- Curtain call -- Just like this train
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24 cm
{'DOVER': ''}
First edition.
xvi, 420 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)

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