Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

  • 08 Jun 13:28
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Canadian singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell, began performing with her husband Chuck in the Toronto folk clubs throughout the 60s. After her divorce, she moved to Florida, where David Crosby discovered her. They began a relationship that went beyond music; he subsequently produced her folky debut album Song To A Seagull. Her cut-glass vocals were allied to skilful guitar playing and innovative open tunings, and her potential was fulfilled on some brilliant albums in the late 60s and early 70s that practically defined the Laurel Canyon folk rock sound. A startling change of direction with 1975's The Hissing Of Summer Lawns showed her new-found love of jazz and world music. Mitchell continued to take an adventurous approach to music in the subsequent decades, working with electronic music pioneer Thomas Dolby on 1985's Dog Eat Dog. The 90s was a relatively quiet period musically, as Mitchell pursued painting. She returned to recording with 1998's Taming The Tiger, a lush. Mitchell is unquestionably the greatest female musical poet of the 20th century.

Followers: Natalie Merchant, Kathryn Williams, Patti Smith, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Madonna

Influenced By: Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Joan Baez, Etta James, Charlie Parker...


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