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The 1A Record Club celebrates the songwriting of Joni Mitchell Print-ready version

WAMU's 1A
March 30, 2023

Various artists performed alongside Joni Mitchell when she was awarded the 2023 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Shawn Miller/Library of Congress

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Joni Mitchell won this year's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The honor is bestowed upon music's most influential artists. Past winners include Paul Simon, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Burt Bacharach, and Garth Brooks. The prize is named after the Gershwin brothers, Ira and George, whose compositions shaped the popular music we enjoy today.

At the Joni Mitchell tribute concert for the Gershwin Prize in Washington, D.C. in early March, Joni Mitchell performed one of George Gershwin's classics: "Summertime."

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," she sang.

But living hasn't been easy for Joni Mitchell lately. Eight years ago, she suffered a brain aneurysm that forced her off stage. Her recent return to the stage is a victory.

The tribute concert also featured Joni Mitchell's musical collaborators and friends, including James Taylor, Brandi Carlie, Lucius, Marcus Mumford, Graham Nash, Cyndi Lauper, and Angelique Kidjo.

1A was on the red carpet of the event talking to those artists. We hear from them, and you, as the 1A Record Club explores the influence of Joni Mitchell.

PBS stations will broadcast the concert - "Joni Mitchell: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" - at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31 (check local listings) and on PBS.org and the PBS App.

GUESTS

Aoife O'Donovan
recording artist, "Age of Apathy"

David Yaffe
author, "Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell"; professor of Humanities, Syracuse University; music critic

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