Joni and Wally Breese

Biography

Joni's remarkable life has been documented in thousands of articles, interviews, press releases, music, and art over the course of her career. The JoniMitchell.com library contains 2680 titles and counting, including articles written and interviews conducted exclusively for the website that cannot be found anywhere else. The Chronology of Appearances is another comprehensive database that provides the dates and venues of Joni's performances chronicling every known appearance from Joni's coffee house days to some of the biggest venues in the world.

It is probably safe to say that the Library and Chronology of Appearances contain the most exhaustive collection of publically available information in existence about Joni Mitchell. Sifting through all of this material to distill an accurate biography of the artist is an impossible task and no-one but Joni herself knows all of the incidents, feelings, thoughts, motivations - the many facets of the personality that make up both the inner and the outer life of this complex human being. But by utilizing the site's invaluable resources, supplementing it with material from books and other people who have played important parts in her life, and, of course, by listening to the wealth of incredible music she has created, we at JoniMitchell.com feel that it is possible to search out the most reliable and comprehensive information available to piece together a portrait of the great artist.

In 1996 Wally Breese, the creator of JoniMitchell.com, began writing a biography series that he published on the website in 1998. Planned to be an ongoing and complete project, his untimely death in 2000 put an end to his goal.

In 2012, JoniMitchell.com commissioned a continuation of the project from long-time Joni fan Mark Scott. It was decided that, due to all the new information that had come to light in the past decade and a half, Mark would start again at the beginning with a new biography series. We present both works here in their (so far) entirety.

1998 Biography Series by Wally Breese

  1. 1943-1963 Childhood Days
  2. 1964-1968 Early Years
  3. 1968-1970 Emerging Popular Artist
  4. 1971-1973 Confessional Poet
  5. 1974-1975 Fame Time
  6. 1976-1977 Refuge of the Roads
  7. 1978-1980 Jazz Singer
  8. 1981-1984 A Solid Love
  9. 1985-1989 Experimental 80's
  10. 1990-1995 Return to Roots
  11. 1995-1997 Just Rewards

2014 Biography Series by Mark Scott

  1. I come from open prairie...
  2. Oh, but California...
  3. Crown and anchor me or let me sail away...
  4. Did you get a round resounding for you way up here?
  5. Safaris to the heart of all that jazz (coming soon)
  6. Caught in the middle... (coming soon)
  7. Come in from the cold (coming soon)
  8. Accolades and Honors (coming soon)
  9. The key to set me free (coming soon)
  10. Love puts on a new face (coming soon)
  11. You've got to spread your light like blazes... (coming soon)
  12. Chicken scratching for my immortality (coming soon)
  13. Let your little light shine (coming soon)
  14. One day I just disappeared... (coming soon)
  15. A song and celebration (coming soon)
  16. Coming to people's parties... (coming soon)