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For those of us who feel that Joni Mitchell is the world's greatest living artist, AND the greatest Canadian who's ever lived, this book would seem to be a must-read. Sadly, this biography contains so many errors, both in fact and typography, that any longtime fan of Joni's will become annoyed fairly quickly. All of which is not to say that Ms. Mitchell's legion of fans will not enjoy reading Brian Hinton's effort. Joni makes for a fascinating subject, and her life has been as full of incident a ...more
3 1/2 stars. This is not the definitive bio of Joni Mitchell. That still needs to be written. Someone should have told Hinton to put his enthusiasm on low boil: this book nears hagiography and the author gushes as much about Mitchell's good looks as about her early work. His hyperbolic, corny prose is off-putting at times. Over the course of just two pages he uses these high water marks to try and describe how good she is: Lou Reed, Pirates of Penzance, Gone with the Wind, Sandy Denny, Roy Harpe ...more
An exhaustive biography of the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter & nicotine-addicted Joan Roberta Anderson a.k.a. Joni Mitchell. I have to admit to being a real fan since the early 70s but have up till now avoided knowing too much about her whys & wherefores...fearing that songs are often compromised by knowing too much about their inspirations. Judge them on what you hear & feel & ignore the reviews, back-histories & recording-studio processes. Joni's repertoire is unique ...more
A very good biography of Joni Mitchell using numerous interviews, articles and reviews of her catalog. Brian Hinton also provide an in dept study of each of her albums song by song. If you are a fan of Joni Mitchell - this is a must read. If you want to know more about her and why her fans like her so - this is a good place to start.
This is the only book I have voluntarily stopped reading before finishing. I was amazed, after referring to the writing as being incredibly pretentious, to see a review on the jacket saying it was un-pretentious! I love Joni Mitchell, but unless you want to hear a jacass talk about her golden hair for page upon page upon page, read another biography.
I knew very little about Joni Mitchell's life, although she was a huge influence on me growing up. This book is packed full of information about her, and as another reviewer said, much of it about her boyfriends. She was treated cruelly by the press at times, especially when they referred to where she lived as El Lay.
This book is wretched, terrible, just horrifyingly bad. His research apparently consisted of reading old magazine articles, and he makes some ludicrous factual errors, including that singer James Taylor is a transvestite and that Joni gave birth to a baby in her fifties!