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Joni

  The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell


by Katherine Monk   [Greystone Books - 2012]
ISBN-13: 9781553658375
ASIN: 155365837X

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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. 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.

Katherine Monk is a national movie journalist for Postmedia News Service. Before becoming a national reporter, she worked at the Vancouver Sun as amovie 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. Monk is a regular radio and TV commentator on the subject of movies. Joni Mitchell has been part of her life's soundtrack for as long as she can remember. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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DVDs

Artbooks

» Morning Glory On The Vine by Joni Mitchell  1971
» Starart by Deborah Chesher  1979
» Voices: The Work of Joni Mitchell by G Hebert (Editor)  2000

Biography

» Joni Mitchell by Leonore Fleischer  1976
» Off the Record by Joe Smith  1988
» Rock Lives by Timothy White  1990
» Music of our Times by Marco Adria  1990
» Paved Paradise by Paul Barrera  1998
» Visionaries: Canadian triumphs by Charles J Humber  1998
» Both Sides Now - The Biography by Brian Hinton  2000
» Shadows and Light by Karen O'Brien  2001
» Joni Mitchell by Mark Bego  2005
» Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller  2008
» Whispering Pines by Jason Schneider  2009
» Joni by Katherine Monk  2012
» Rock Star: by David Shumway  2014

Opinion and Commentary

» The Joni Mitchell Companion by Stacey Luftig  1999
» Rock Troubadours by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers  2000
» Lexikon Der Singer & Songwriter by Christian Graf  2001
» Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, and the Torch Song Tradition by Larry David Smith  2004
» The Rock Cries Out by Steve Stockman  2004
» Court and Spark (33 1/3) by Sean Nelson  2006
» The Music of Joni Mitchell by Lloyd Whitesell  2008
» The World in Six Songs by Daniel Levitin  2008
» Will You Take Me As I Am by Michelle Mercer  2009
» Heavy Rotation by Peter Terzian  2009
» Will You Take Me As I Am by Michelle Mercer  2012
» Gathered Light by Sornberger, Lisa & John  2013

Songbooks

Miscellaneous books

» Architectural Digest Celebrity Homes by Paige Rense  1977
» California Rock, California Sound by Anthony Fawcett  1978
» Joni Mitchell: The Complete Poems and Lyrics by Joni Mitchell  1979
» The Rolling Stone Interviews by Peter Herbst  1981
» Heart of Gold by Martin Melhuish  1983
» Joni Mitchell by Steve Clarke  1985
» Angels of the Night by Wilfrid Mellers  1986
» O'Keefe by Jeffrey Hogrefe  1992
» Strikes 'n' Spares by Ned Powers  1993
» Songs in the Rough by Stephen Bishop  1996
» Before the Gold Rush by Nicholas Jennings  1997
» The Complete Writings of Emily Carr by Emily Carr  1997
» Joni Mitchell: The Complete Poems and Lyrics by Joni Mitchell  1998
» Sitting on my Groceries by Marian Russell  1999
» Rock 'N' Roll Trivia by Michael Harling  2002
» Secret Gardens of Hollywood  by Erica Lennard & Adele Cygelman  2003
» Chelsea Morning by Brian Froud and Joni Mitchell  2004
» Onstuimig indigo by Joni Mitchell/Huib Fens  2006
» California Dreaming by Henry Diltz  2007
» Miss O'Dell by Chris O'Dell  2009
» Canyon of Dreams by Harvey Kubernik  2009
» You Should Have Heard Just What I Seen by James Hamilton  2010
» From Where I Stand by Mary McCartney  2010
» Fire and Rain: by David Browne  2011
» The Circle Game by Brian Deines and Joni Mitchell  2011
» Jack Robinson: On Show: Portraits 1958-72 by Jack Robinson  2011
» Joni Mitchell by Malka Marom  2014

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JenniferM on 2012-Sep-11 at 15:58:46 GMT-5:
Joni is my idol. I've been a musician for 43 years and I've always wanted to be like Joni - who I consider to be the greatest female singer/songwriter of all time. I can't wait to read the book. Love you, Joni!!!