Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell : Shadows and Light - The Definitive Biography

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Icon, artist, poet and muse, Joni Mitchell has been a creative force for more than 30 years, defying fashion and genre. This biography charts the life and loves of Joni Mitchell, with her co-operation and including interviews with close friends, contemporaries, musicians and industry insiders. In an artistic career spanning four decades, Joni Mitchell inspired the 1960s baby-boomers, created a soundtrack for the Woodstock generation and received critical acclaim for a succession of ground-breaking albums including "Clouds", "Blue", "Court and Spark" and "The Hissing of Summer Lawns". She cme to be acknowledged as a pivotal inspiration for a new generation of musicians and songwriters: women like Suzanne Vega, Rickie Lee Jones, Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Alanis Morrissette, as well as male artists including Prince, Elvis Costello, Morrissey, Seal and Beck.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 157 x 187.5 x 26.2mm | 281.23g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, facsimiles, portraits
  • 0753507080
  • 9780753507087

About Karen O'Brien

Karen O'Brien is a music journalist and a BBC World Service radio news producer. She has written and broadcast widely on the arts. Karen's previous book, Hymn to Her, a collection of writings on women musicians, was published by Virago in 1995.show more

Review quote

'This is a book that seeks to decisively shine light on Mitchell's artistic importance; and thanks to O'Brien's capable writing and seemingly endless research, it impressively succeeds. On occasion in fact the text masters its themes to the point that it teeters on the brink of social history.' O; 'This is an impressively researched, well-written book' Mojo; 'O'Brien's version of Mitchell is inspiring and forbidding, endearing and difficult, flamboyant and secretive: it's a portrait Joni herself might recognise' Record Collectorshow more

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