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Mo Ostin, the industry giant and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who led Warner Bros. Records for nearly a quarter-century and worked with some of music’s all-time biggest names — from Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young to Paul Simon, Joni and the Grateful Dead — died overnight in his sleep. He was 95. Warner Records Co-Chairman Tom Corson and Aaron Bay-Schuck announced the news yesterday but gave no other details.

Mo was present at the signing of Joni's first record contract. “Mo was one of the greatest record men of all time, and a prime architect of the modern music business,” Corson said in a statement

Joni was at a turning point 50 years ago. After making four acclaimed albums with Reprise Records, she left the label to join the brand-new Asylum Records in 1972. Over the next seven years, she would record some of the most acclaimed music of her career while changing her musical direction by adding more jazz elements into her songwriting. The evolution culminated in 1979 with Mingus, her collaboration with jazz titan Charles Mingus, and her studio last album for Asylum.

Rhino explores the beginning of that prolific era with THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975), the next installment in the Joni Mitchell Archives series. The collection features newly remastered versions of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). All four were recently remastered by Bernie Grundman.

THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975) will be available on September 23 in 4-CD and 5-LP 180-gram vinyl (Limited Edition Of 20,000) versions, as well as digitally. The newly remastered version of “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio” from For The Roses is available today on digital download and streaming services.


Moon's up, nights up,
Taking the town by surprise.

Last night at the Newport Folk Festival, Paul Simon made a surprise appearance. A reviewer wrote "I’m not sure how the festival can outdo itself on Sunday for Day 3 but they always seem to find a way."

They found a way.

After Brandi Carlile's set this early evening, a shocked and delighted crowd roared as Joni Mitchell came on stage and participated in what was pre-billed as the 'Coyote Jam' with Brandi and many others.

The last time Joni performed with guitar in hand in front of a paying audience was 8,660 days ago, on her 55th birthday.

The set list:
Joni enters
Carey
Come in From The Cold
Help Me
A Case of You
Big Yellow Taxi
Just Like This Train (Joni on guitar!)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Amelia
Love Potion #9
Shine
Summertime
Both Sides Now
The Circle Game

Here's a compilation of videos, articles, and photos from the event.

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CBS Mornings- July 25, 2022

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Among the singer/songwriters who emerged in the 1960s, none were as adventurous, incisive, or influential as Joni Mitchell. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer, she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing guitar. Mitchell's unflinching struggle for her own artistic independence has made her a role model for many other musicians. Mitchell is also a noted painter and has created the beautiful artwork that appears on the packaging of her music albums.

She first became famous for penning "Both Sides Now", a song that helped launch the career of Judy Collins. Her first album appeared in 1968, which featured her voice and her acoustic guitar with virtually no other accompaniment on most songs. Other highly successful albums followed. Mitchell won her first Grammy Award in 1969 for Clouds. She has won seven more Grammy Awards since then, in several different categories, including traditional pop, pop music, and lifetime achievement.

Spotlight On Joni Mitchell features her hit songs including “Big Yellow Taxi.” “Both Sides Now.” “Chelsea Morning,” “Free Man in Paris,” and more. More information here.

Singer, songwriter, painter, poet, activist and voice of a generation, Joni Mitchell is an essential part of the soundtrack to the twentieth century.

Five unique Australian voices – Katie Noonan, Ella Hooper, Wendy Matthews, Melinda Schneider and Kristin Berardi – come together to express just how much the songwriting legend means to them in Both Sides Now: Celebrating the Songs of Joni Mitchell. Backed by an outstanding 12-piece band, hear this powerful line-up perform all of Joni Mitchell's unforgettable songs live on stage, including 'Big Yellow Taxi', 'Both Sides Now', 'Blue', 'Woodstock', 'Circle Game' and 'A Case Of You'.

Both Sides Now is a concert not just for Joni fans but for anyone who loves real music, sung from the heart. More information here.

Singer, songwriter, painter, poet, activist and voice of a generation, Joni Mitchell is an essential part of the soundtrack to the twentieth century.

Five unique Australian voices – Katie Noonan, Ella Hooper, Wendy Matthews, Melinda Schneider and Kristin Berardi – come together to express just how much the songwriting legend means to them in Both Sides Now: Celebrating the Songs of Joni Mitchell. Backed by an outstanding 12-piece band, hear this powerful line-up perform all of Joni Mitchell's unforgettable songs live on stage, including 'Big Yellow Taxi', 'Both Sides Now', 'Blue', 'Woodstock', 'Circle Game' and 'A Case Of You'.

Both Sides Now is a concert not just for Joni fans but for anyone who loves real music, sung from the heart. More information here.

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