Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell

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Greystone Books, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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From the moment Joni Mitchell's career began ? with coffee-house bookings, serendipitous encounters with established stars, and a recording contract that gave her full creative control over her music ? the woman from the Canadian wheat fields has eluded industry cliches. When her peers were focused on feminism, Mitchell was plumbing the depths of her own human condition. When arena rock was king, she turned to jazz. When all others hailed Bob Dylan as a musical messiah, Mitchell saw a fraud burdened with halitosis. Unafraid to write in her own blood, regardless of the cost, Mitchell has been vilified as a diva and embraced as a genius, but rarely has she been recognized as an artist and a thinker.
This new portrait of the reclusive icon examines how significant life events ? failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness ? have influenced her creative expression. Author Katherine Monk captures the rich legacy of her multifaceted subject in this offbeat account, weaving in personal reflections and astute cultural observations, and revealing the Mitchell who remains misunderstood.

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Review: Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell

User Review  - Kristy Bryson - Goodreads

Not badly written, in terms of language. The root premise of the book is misplaced and potentially hurtful to its subject, perhaps despite the author's best intentions. In the end, especially after ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harperac - Goodreads

Monk has bitten off more, intellectually, than she can chew. She reads every philosopher at face value, and seems to see Joni Mitchell not as a person who has thought deeply about the world, and ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Katherine Monk is a national movie journalist for Postmedia News Service. Her journalism career includes stints as a movie critic, pop music critic, and news reporter. Her bestselling book on Canadian film, Weird Sex and Snowshoes, was adapted to the screen by Omni Film in 2004. Joni Mitchell has been part of her life's soundtrack for as long as she can remember. She lives in Vancouver.

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