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JoniMitchell.com has been bringing you the news on Joni since the day the website went live in 1996. It's all archived and searchable here. In addition to the news, you can find an archive of "upcoming tributes and events" that have been listed on the site as well.

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Susan Whitall, former Creem editor and Detroit News staffer for 30 years, will be releasing a new book called "Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell" to be published by the Chicago Review Press in time for Joni's 75th birthday (November 2018). This book will be a compilation of interviews with Joni throughout the years. Susan told JoniMitchell.com "I don't think there have been enough books on Joni, not when you think of how many have been written about Dylan, or the Beatles." We agree. We're making space on our bookshelf. More info here as we get it.

Happy 74th birthday to Joni on the 7th! Leave your birthday greetings for her at WeLoveYouJoni.com. And the seasons, they go round and round...

Put your ear to the pavement on Military Street in downtown Port Huron, Michigan and you just might hear the beat of an almost unimaginably vibrant live music scene - one that vanished more than a half-century ago with the burning of the Dome in 1971.

"In the '50s, there were 17 clubs in Port Huron doing music almost seven nights a week," said Chris Troy, the St. Clair-based producer and director of the new film "Something in the Water: The History of Port Huron Music, Part I."

In the early 1960s, Joni played the Folk Cellar, below the old Military Street Cafe. So did Gordon Lightfoot. Joni was interviewed for the movie - premiering at McMorran Auditorium in Port Huron on November 11. Chris Troy plans a DVD release at some point, we'll have the news here when it's available.

Good things come in threes! Yet another book is in the works on Joni. This one will be called "Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings", to be published by Bloomsbury late 2018 or early 2019. It’s a collection of critical essays (in the academic, not the negative sense) about Joni, and includes writings by Eric Lott, Gus Stadler, Pam Thurschwell and many others. The book is edited by Ruth Charnock, who hosted the Joni Mitchell Symposium in July of 2015. Further details will be posted here as we have them.

October 17 sees the release of David Yaffe's new book, "Reckless Daughter". "In this intimate biography, drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs―from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present―and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Reckless Daughter is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music."

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Upcoming local tributes and events

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SOhO & Direct Relief International Fundraiser for Puerto Rico featuring the Music of Joni Mitchell. With Douglas Clegg, Natalie D-Napoleon, Gail Hansen, Kimberly Ford, Kay Ashley, Dave Blackburn, Karen Thurber, Sierra House, Kate Wallace, Joy Bella Heilig, and Marcella Quirin. More information here.

Joni Tribute at Talullah's Crafted Food and Wine Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. December 6, 2017 from 7-10pm. Michael Paz and Christina Friis will be hosting a celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell. More information here

ORIGINS is a band project lead by Toronto jazz singer, Mandy Lagan. The Band is comprised of Dave Restivo, Ted Quinlan, Andrew Downing, Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian and Blair Mackay. This extraordinary group of musicians has been developing arrangements of some old Joni Mitchell classics, merging folk, jazz and rock genres together. The result is a collection of creative, expansive music, that speaks to generations of music lovers. Along with selections from this project there will be a few new surprises thrown in! More information here

The NAC Presents Series and Arboretum Festival are thrilled to present the 7th edition of Ottawa’s beloved tribute series, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT.

To chime in the winter holidays, the series returns with Joni Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece Blue.

Critically-acclaimed upon its release, Mitchell's fourth album weaved her idiosyncratic folk, with unconventional instrumentation, wild melodies, and hints of her impending explorations into free jazz. Anchored by heavy classics River, California, and A Case of You, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented "turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music".

The brainchild of indie troubadour Jon Hynes, the series brings together notable independent musicians to pay tribute to classic albums and legendary artists. Past events have included The Strokes Is This It, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Black Sabbath Paranoid, and more!

Joni Mitchell Blue, performed live by:
Jon Hynes
Jeremy Fisher
Keturah Johnson (Heavy Medicine Ban)
Sarah Bradley (FEVERS)
Felicity Decarle (Sparklesaurus)
Jamie Kronick (Scattered Clouds, Ben Caplan)
Martin Charbonneau (FEVERS)
Adam Saikaley
Eniid Goodman

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