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Praise for JONI
“Spanning four decades' worth of the music icon’s career, this collection gathers album reviews, interviews, and contemporary criticism to paint a full portrait of the artist as seen through the eyes of popular culture.” –Harper’s Bazaar, Lauren Christensen
“This intriguing anthology captures the essence of award-winning songwriter/performer Joni Mitchell as both individual and artist. Hoskyns (Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits) meticulously compiles a broad cross-section of writings about Mitchell that appeared over the past several decades (in Rolling Stone, Swank, New Musical Express, New York Times, and others). Commentaries illuminate Mitchell's private life, musical and poetic gifts, challenging road to success, and passion for painting. Detailed reviews of her albums and live concerts offer insight into the components of her signature folk music sound that connected with the spirit of a generation and resonated with audiences and fellow performers alike.” –Library Journal (Fall Editors’ Pick)
“The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Thorough . . . this collection will serve as a solid introduction to listeners new to Mitchell.”–Publishers Weekly
“An immensely likable book to read . . . illuminating and fascinating.” –
A fascinating compendium of interviews with a legend, many never read before.
Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—And the Journey of a Generation
Just when you think you know Joni Mitchell, you find such rare gems in JONI: The Anthology:
‘It’s good to be exposed to politics and what’s going down here [the US], but it does damage to me. Too much of it can cripple me. And if I really let myself think about it — the violence, the sickness, all of it — I think I’d flip out.’ Joni Mitchell 1969.”
Malka Marom, author of Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words
Nine Grammys. More than ten million albums sold. Named one of the greatest singers and songwriters of all time by Rolling Stone, and her album Blue was named the greatest album ever made by a female artist. And, perhaps most importantly, moving Emma Thompson to weep in Love Actually.
Barney Hoskyns’ masterful collection, JONI: The Anthology (October 3, 2017; Picador Hardcover), is a captivating compilation of writings on Joni Mitchell that charts every major moment of the famed troubadour’s extraordinary career, as it happened.
From album reviews to candid conversations, JONI collects the most incisive commentary of the icon’s singular journey as a singer, songwriter, and artist, including carefully curated album reviews, critical appraisal, and luminous interviews spanning her career between 1967 and 2007, as well as thoughtful commentary on her early years, including:
Rare reviews of Joni’s early albums and performances in publications like Rolling Stone, Guardian, and The New York Times.
A previously unpublished conversation with JONI editor Barney Hoskyns.
A variety of interviews with Joni over the span of her multi-faceted career.
Hoskyns, the cofounder and editorial director of the online rock-journalism library Rock’s Backpages and author of several books, boasts nearly 40 years as a music writer and rock historian, having chronicled the lives of music greats like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Readers could not have a better guide into the world of Joni Mitchell
“Once I crossed the border, I began to write and my voice changed. I no longer was imitative of the folk style. My voice was then my real voice and with a slight folk influence, but from the first album it was no longer folk music. It was just a girl with a guitar that made it look that way.
–Joni Mitchell, 1994
BARNEY HOSKYNS is the cofounder and editorial director of the online rock-journalism library Rock’s Backpages, and author of several books including Hotel California: The True-Life Adventures of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Mitchell, Taylor, Browne, Ronstadt, Geffen, the Eagles, and their Many Friends (2005), Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (2009), Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock (2016), and Never Enough: A Way through Addiction (2017). A former U.S. correspondent for MOJO, Hoskyns has contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, GQ, and Uncut.