This fall Joni Mitchell fans have a lot to look forward to.
Not one, but two books are slated for this October.
One a biography and the other an anthology of writings on the legendary artist who has been recovering from a stroke over the last few years.
Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe (Sarah Crichton Books, Oct. 17) An intimate new biography by Texas-born Yaffe, who has had unprecedented access both to Mitchell as well as childhood friends and a cast of famous characters whose paths and influences crossed with Mitchell, including Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, and more. The book also boasts an insightful analysis of her lyrics and what they reveal about the artist.
“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: The Anthology (Picador, Oct. 3) hardcover edited by Barney Hoskyns.
The anthology is described via the press release as containing “album reviews, incisive commentary, and candid conversations.”
Overview “Joni: The Anthology includes, among other things, a review of Mitchell’s first-ever show at LA’s Troubadour in June of 1968, a 1978 interview by musician Ben Sidran on jazz great Charles Mingus, a personal reminiscence by Ellen Sander, a confidant of the Los Angeles singer-songwriter community, and a long ‘director’s cut’ version of editor Hoskyns’ 1994 MOJO interview. A time capsule of the icon, this anthology spans the entirety of Joni’s career between 1967-2007, as well as thoughtful commentary on her early years.