Reckless Daughter

A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

by David Yaffe

On Sale: 10/02/2018

Reckless Daughter

A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

by David Yaffe

On Sale: 10/02/2018

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About the Book

The definitive biography of unmistakable Canadian voice. A national bestseller, now in paperback.

With an inimitable sound and unmistakable voice, Joni Mitchell is one of the most iconic performers and storytellers of any generation. Reckless Daughter tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blonde girl from Saskatchewan with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences around the world.

In this intimate biography, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, lovers and friends. Drawing on musical expertise and a reverence for and deep understanding of Mitchell’s work, Yaffe offers insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, exploring their imagery, style and reflection of the woman herself.

Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. And yet she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and brilliant band leader, releasing album after album, each distinctly experimental, challenging and revealing. Her lyrics captivated listeners with their poignant, perceptive language and naked emotion, and her hits endure as timeless favorites. Mitchell’s influence on the generations of singer-songwriters who would follow her is undeniable.

Reckless Daughter is the story of Joni Mitchell, and of the fertile, exciting musical time of which she was an integral part. It is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on our music and our culture.

 

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Critical Praise

Reckless Daughter is a bewitched, bothered, and bewildered portrayal of one of the most beautiful and enigmatic artists of a beautiful and enigmatic period of American life. It is touching, mystifying, and revealing in equal parts.” - Mary Gaitskill

“Joni Mitchell, an artist of innervating and daunting complexity, originality, and importance, could have no better biographer than David Yaffe. . . . Reckless Daughter is nothing less than the definitive statement on the life and work of an artist who defies definition.” - David Hajdu, author of Love for Sale: Pop Music in America

“David Yaffe is an artful and incisive critic who writes with such grace and clarity. With Reckless Daughter, he makes a figure as iconic as Joni Mitchell feel wholly new. This portrait is loaded with revelations, both spiritual and actual. . . .What a book.” - Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443444828
  • ISBN 10: 1443444820
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 10/02/2018
  • Pages: 448
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women

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