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Joni Mitchell

voc, g, *1943 CA, Fort Macleod
Rock
A.k.a. Roberta Joan Anderson

Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter Born November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada. Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (Performer) in 1997. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her native Western Canada and then busking on the streets of Toronto. In the mid-1960s she left for New York City and its folk music scene, recording her debut album in 1968 and achieving fame first as a songwriter ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "Woodstock") and then as a singer in her own right. Blue, her starkly personal 1971 album, was voted #30 in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list of 2003. Mitchell also had pop hits such as "Big Yellow Taxi", "Free Man in Paris", and "Help Me", the last two from 1974's best-selling Court and Spark. Mitchell's distinctive harmonic guitar style, and piano arrangements all grew more complex through the 1970s as she was deeply influenced by jazz, melding it with pop, folk and rock on experimental albums like 1976's Hejira. She worked closely with jazz greats including Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, and on a 1979 record released after his death, Charles Mingus. From the 1980s on, Mitchell reduced her recording and touring schedule but turned again toward pop, making greater use of synthesizers and direct political protest in her lyrics, which often tackled social and environmental themes alongside romantic and emotional ones. Mitchell is also a visual artist. She created the artwork for each of her albums, and in 2000 described herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance." Mitchell stopped recording over the last several years, focusing more attention on painting, but in 2007 she released Shine, her first album of new songs in nine years. See Siquomb Publishing Corp.

        
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Acoustic guitar
Genres
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • World
  • Folk
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Big Yellow Taxi on Ladies of the Canyon by Joni Mitchell
A Case of You on Blue by Joni Mitchell
River on Blue by Joni Mitchell
California on Blue by Joni Mitchell
Both Sides Now on Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
Both Sides Now on Clouds by Joni Mitchell
All I Want on Blue by Joni Mitchell
Help Me on Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell
Carey on Blue by Joni Mitchell
Little Green on Blue by Joni Mitchell

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Live In Newport 1969Joni Mitchell2019Album
Both Sides Now (Live Radio Broadcasts)Joni Mitchell2019Album
The Second FretJoni Mitchell2018Album
Both Sides Now (Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970)Joni Mitchell2018Album
Best of Live Radio BroadcastsJoni Mitchell2018Album
2 Vinyls Boxset - Blue & Ladies Of The CanyonJoni Mitchell2017Album
Comfort In Melancholy (Music And Conversation)Joni Mitchell2016Album
Mississippi River Festival 1969Joni Mitchell2016Album
Gentle On My Mind 1970John Hartford, Joni Mitchell, Pete Seeger2016Album
Club 47Joni Mitchell2015Album
Newport Folk Festival, 19th July 1969Joni Mitchell2015Album
Bread & Roses (The 1978 Folk Festival Broadcast)Joni Mitchell & Herbie Hancock2015Album
Free Soul Joni Mitchell - Private EditionJoni Mitchell2015Album
Live At Newport Folk Festival - July 19, 1969Joni Mitchell2015Album
Live At The Wells Fargo Theater, Los Angeles CA 26 January 1995Joni Mitchell2015Album
A Woman In The East (The 1983 Tokyo Broadcast)Joni Mitchell2015Album
Live At The Second Fret 1966Joni Mitchell2014Album
Through Yellow CurtainsJoni Mitchell2014Compil.
Love Has Many Faces (A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced)Joni Mitchell2014Compil.
The Studio Albums 1968-1979Joni Mitchell2012Album
Joni Mitchell 3Joni Mitchell2011Album
Joni Mitchell 1-2Joni Mitchell2011Album
Legends Of The CanyonCrosby, Stills & Nash, The Mamas & The Papas, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Neil Young, America2010Single
Shadows And LightJoni Mitchell2010Album
Amchitka - The 1970 Concert That Launched GreenpeaceJoni Mitchell, James Taylor, Phil Ochs2009Album
An Intimate PerformanceJoni Mitchell2009Album
Shine / Album SamplerJoni Mitchell2007Album
ShineJoni Mitchell2007Album
In The '80sJoni Mitchell2007Album
TV Collection 1966-1996Joni Mitchell2006Album
Songs Chosen By Her Friends & Fellow MusiciansJoni Mitchell2005Compil.
WoodstockJoni Mitchell2005Compil.
Songs Of A Prairie GirlJoni Mitchell2005Compil.
BBC In ConcertJoni Mitchell & James Taylor2004Album
A Life Story - Woman Of Heart And Mind / Painting With Words And MusicJoni Mitchell2004Album
The Beginning Of SurvivalJoni Mitchell2004Compil.
DreamlandJoni Mitchell2004Compil.
Woman Of Heart And Mind (A Life Story)Joni Mitchell2003Album
The Complete Geffen RecordingsJoni Mitchell2003Album
Six Songs From Travelogue - A Radio SamplerJoni Mitchell2002Album
TravelogueJoni Mitchell2002Album
A Dark Night On The Spanish StairsThe Rolling Thunder Revue, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn2001Album
Both Sides NowJoni Mitchell2000Album
Words And MusicJoni Mitchell2000Album
Wild Things Run Fast / Dog Eat Dog / Chalk Mark In A Rain StormJoni Mitchell1999Album
Painting With Words And MusicJoni Mitchell1999Album
The Crazy Cries Of LoveJoni Mitchell1998Album
Taming The TigerJoni Mitchell1998Album
A Conversation With Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell1998Album
Words + MusicJoni Mitchell & Morrissey1997Album
Got 'Til It's GoneJanet Jackson Featuring Q-Tip And Joni Mitchell1997Single
By The Banks Of The River CharlesJoni Mitchell1997Album
GhostsJoni Mitchell1996Album
Big Yellow TaxiJoni Mitchell1996Compil.
Dog Eat Dog / Wild Things Run FastJoni Mitchell1996Album
Hits/Misses SamplerJoni Mitchell1996Compil.
A Case Of JoniJoni Mitchell1996Album
HitsJoni Mitchell1996Compil.
MissesJoni Mitchell1996Compil.
Big Yellow TaxiJoni Mitchell1995Album
Live At The Gene Autry MuseumJoni Mitchell1995Album
Just IceJoni Mitchell1994Album
How Do You StopJoni Mitchell1994Single
People's PartiesJoni Mitchell1994Album
Sunny SundayJoni Mitchell1994Single
Turbulent IndigoJoni Mitchell1994Album
Circle GameJoni Mitchell1994Album
Canada 1994Joni Mitchell1994Album
Sex KillsJoni Mitchell1994Single
Circle gameJoni Mitchell1993Album
Live In London 1970Joni Mitchell & James Taylor1992Album
Come In From The ColdJoni Mitchell1991Album
The Night Ride Home Radio ProgramJoni Mitchell1991Album
For FreeJoni Mitchell1991Album
Night Ride HomeJoni Mitchell1991Album
Nothing Can Be DoneJoni Mitchell1991Album
Come In From The ColdJoni Mitchell1991Single
Night Ride HomeJoni Mitchell1991Single
Urge For GoingJoni Mitchell1990Album
Recorded Live At The Royal Albert Hall, 1970James Taylor & Joni Mitchell1990Album
Cool WaterJoni Mitchell1988Album
The World Of Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell1988Compil.
Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell1988Compil.
Chalk Mark In A Rain StormJoni Mitchell1988Album
Snakes And LaddersJoni Mitchell1988Album
My Secret PlaceJoni Mitchell1988Single
Shiny ToysJoni Mitchell1986Single
Interview With Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell1985Album
Dog Eat DogJoni Mitchell1985Album
Good FriendsJoni Mitchell1985Single
Refuge Of The RoadsJoni Mitchell1984Album
The History Of Rock (Volume Twenty Two)Carly Simon / James Taylor / Joni Mitchell / Don McLean1984Compil.
Dreams Are Shivering Down My SpineJoni Mitchell1983Album
Wild Things Run FastJoni Mitchell1982Album
Chinese CafeJoni Mitchell1982Single
(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't CareJoni Mitchell1982Single
Songs From Wild Things Run FastJoni Mitchell1982Album
Underneath The StreetlightJoni Mitchell1982Single
Shadows And LightJoni Mitchell1980Album
Shadows And LightJoni Mitchell1980Album
Why Do Fools Fall In LoveJoni Mitchell1980Single
Shadows And LightJoni Mitchell1980Album
MingusJoni Mitchell1979Album
The Dry Cleaner From Des MoinesJoni Mitchell1979Single
Off Night BackstreetJoni Mitchell1978Single
Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell1978Compil.
Don Juan's Reckless DaughterJoni Mitchell1977Album
JerichoJoni Mitchell1977Single
HejiraJoni Mitchell1976Album
You Turn Me On I'm A Radio / Free Man In ParisJoni Mitchell1976Single
2 Originals Of: Court And Spark / The Hissing Of Summer LawnsJoni Mitchell1976Album
CoyoteJoni Mitchell1976Single
You Turn Me On I'm A Radio / Raised On RobberyJoni Mitchell1975Single
Both Sides Of JoniJoni Mitchell1975Compil.
The Hissing Of Summer LawnsJoni Mitchell1975Album
In France They Kiss On Main StreetJoni Mitchell1975Single
CareyJoni Mitchell1974Single
Free Man In ParisJoni Mitchell1974Single
CareyJoni Mitchell1974Single
Court And SparkJoni Mitchell1974Album
Big Yellow TaxiJoni Mitchell1974Single
Miles Of AislesJoni Mitchell & The L.A. Express1974Album
Help Me / Free Man In ParisJoni Mitchell1974Single
Help MeJoni Mitchell1974Single
Raised On RobberyJoni Mitchell1973Single
CaliforniaJoni Mitchell1972Single
Cold Blue Steel And Sweet FireJoni Mitchell1972Single
You Turn Me On, I'm A RadioJoni Mitchell1972Single
For The RosesJoni Mitchell1972Album
(Kept On) By Her Own DevicesJoni Mitchell1972Album
Pick Of The Pops For Your D.J.-374/375Joni Mitchell And James Taylor1972Album
BlueJoni Mitchell1971Album
4Joni Mitchell1971Single
Joni Mitchell & James TaylorJoni Mitchell, James Taylor1971Single
Big Yellow Taxi / CareyJoni Mitchell1971Single
CareyJoni Mitchell1971Single
The Circle Game / WoodstockJoni Mitchell1970Single
Lo Mejor De Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell1970Compil.
Big Yellow TaxiJoni Mitchell1970Single
Blue / Ladies Of The CanyonJoni Mitchell1970Compil.
Ladies Of The CanyonJoni Mitchell1970Album
Big Yellow TaxiJoni Mitchell1970Single
CloudsJoni Mitchell1969Album
Radio Spots For Reprise Album CloudsJoni Mitchell1969Single
Chelsea MorningJoni Mitchell1969Single
CloudsJoni Mitchell1969Album
Night In The CityJoni Mitchell1968Single
Song To A SeagullJoni Mitchell1968Album
Joni Mitchell Spots Reprise RecordsJoni Mitchell1968Single
Lights Out In GeorgiaJoni MitchellAlbum
For FreeJoni MitchellAlbum
StardustAngry Mexican Djs Feat Joni MitchellSingle
For FreeJoni MitchellAlbum
Jazz SingerJoni MitchellCompil.
Seattle ExpressJoni MitchellAlbum
Something With JacksonJoni MitchellAlbum
Second Fret Sets: 1966-1968Joni MitchellAlbum
The Posall And The MosalmJoni MitchellAlbum
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