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The Emergence of Joni Mitchell

By Whoknoze, from Wikimedia Commons
Joni Mitchell performing in concert photo by Paul C Babin, August 1974

Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 pm:

2018 marks 50 years since the first solo release by the one and only Joni Mitchell, who retired from singing after a health challenge a few years back. Award-winning producer Paul Ingles presents "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell," a two-hour examination of one of the most heralded songwriters of her time. Ingles and his guests explore how Joni Mitchell crafted her artistry and connected with audiences over four decades.

Mitchell put the experience of being a woman and being human on artful display through her blatantly honest and confessional lyrics, innovative open guitar tunings and jazz-inflected vocals. The program focuses on Mitchell's key releases to illuminate the musicianship of the woman "Rolling Stone" called "one of rock's most daring and uncompromising innovators." By mixing Mitchell's music from these pivotal moments with informed commentary from musicians, fans, music critics and archival interviews with Mitchell herself, "The Emergence of Joni Mitchell" articulates what music lovers have found so compelling about this thoughtful and innovative writer and performer.

Over 50 Mitchell songs are featured. Special guests include music writers Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Paul Zollo, Lydia Hutchinson and Holly George-Warren. Also featured are musicians Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky and others.