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David Crosby releases Joni Mitchell cover ft. Sarah Jarosz (who announced a tour)

David Crosby's new album For Free comes out 7/23 via BMG, and its title track is a cover of the song by David's longtime friend Joni Mitchell (the same song Lana Del Rey covered on her new album with help from Weyes Blood and Zella Day). That cover is out now, and it's a gorgeous, minimal rendition that finds Croz harmonizing with Sarah Jarosz. Listen below, alongside previous singles "Rodriguez For A Night" (co-written with Steely Dan's Donald Fagen) and "River Rise" (ft. Michael McDonald).
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David Crosby Talks CSNY, Joni Mitchell, Mortality On ‘Stern’ [Videos/Audio]

David Crosby was the featured guest this week on The Howard Stern Show, where the singer-songwriter was as characteristically open as ever. Among the topics were Crosby’s own mortality and his past relationships with his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmates as well as Joni Mitchell. On the dour subject...
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Joni Mitchell Shares Rare Thank You Video with Fans

This week marked 50 years since the release of Joni Mitchell‘s iconic album Blue. The legendary musician has been sharing special archival content surrounding the milestone, including a demos EP titled Blue 50 earlier this week. In response to the widespread celebration of the album, Mitchell shared a rare personal video to show her gratitude.
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Joni Mitchell feels all your love for ‘Blue’: ’50 years later, people finally get it’

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has a rare message for fans upon the 50th anniversary of “Blue,” her seminal fourth studio album. The latest post on the Canadian musician’s Instagram page, which is managed by her team and usually refers to Mitchell in the third person, features a video of the Grammy winner reflecting on the warm reception for “Blue” in recent weeks.
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Joni Mitchell reflects on 50th anniversary of ‘Blue’ in rare video message

Joni Mitchell has shared a rare video message in which she reflects on the 50th anniversary of her classic album ‘Blue’ – you can watch it below. Released in 1971, Mitchell’s fourth studio album is widely regarded as one of the greatest records of all time. It explores various facets of relationships following the iconic musician’s breakup with Graham Nash.
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Joni Mitchell Thanks Fans, Reflects on Blue in Rare Video Message: Watch

Joni Mitchell has posted a rare video to social media thanking fans. This week marked the 50th anniversary of her seminal album Blue, and the event was met with multiple articles discussing the LP’s enduring brilliance. “I’m so pleased with all of the positive attention that Blue is receiving these days,” Mitchell said in the clip. “You know, when it was first released it fell air to a lot of criticism. So, 50 years later, people finally get it, and that pleases me. Thank you.” Watch her post below.
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Radio 4's muddled Joni Mitchell tribute left me feeling a little blue

Sweet melodies, lyrical poetry and heartsore tenderness swirled in Blue: Pain and Pleasure (Radio 4, Thursday), marking 50 years since the release of Joni Mitchell's greatest album. The presenter, the singer-songwriter Laura Marling, grew up with Mitchell’s music. But it was as a young adult, driving alone through America on...
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Brandi Carlile and Joni Mitchell Are Dear Friends

As Joni Mitchell -- and the world -- celebrates the 50th anniversary of her beloved album Blue, fans may wonder what the singer-songwriter is up to today. A recent article in The Los Angeles Times, "Joni Mitchell opens up to Cameron Crowe about singing again, lost loves and 50 years of 'Blue' " offers some fascinating insight. It turns out that Mitchell is jamming in Bel-Air with some of today's hottest musicians... including Grammy winner Brandi Carlile, who counts the esteemed Mitchell as a close friend.
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How Joni Mitchell shattered gender barriers when women couldn’t even have their own credit cards

While the genius of Joni Mitchell is now a settled matter, when she first arrived in Los Angeles in 1967 there was only the idealized moniker “a girl with everything.”. This is how she was introduced to the Laurel Canyon beau monde via David Crosby, how she was remembered by Graham Nash in his 2013 memoir, and how she was regularly described in the earliest profiles of her. At the time, the male-dominated music press was still choosing between archetypes of who and what women artists could be: earth mama or angelic naif. “A girl with everything,” in turn, meant that Mitchell could sing, play an instrument, write a song and, of course, that she was blond and thin and pretty. Such was the world of gendered low expectations that Joni Mitchell’s career was born into.
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Joni Mitchell – ‘Blue’: Why It Mattered

Joni Mitchell’s Blue is a timeless masterpiece. Its songs arose from dealing with fame, and the sensations associated with grief and new beginnings. In 1970, as Joni Mitchell was dealing with newfound fame, the end of her relationship with Graham Nash and the start of a new romance with James Taylor. She wrote the songs that would become Blue straight from the heart, writing and producing the entire album.
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How to Play Acoustic like Joni Mitchell

Born in Fort Macleod, Canada, in 1943 Joni Mitchell relocated to the US in 1965 and settled in southern California. Her talent as a songwriter was immediately obvious and classics like Big Yellow Taxi, Chelsea Morning and Both Sides Now heralded the arrival of an exciting new voice on the American songwriting scene.
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Blue by Joni Mitchell turns 50: 12 of the artist’s greatest songs

Joni Mitchell, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the rock era, celebrates the 50th anniversary of her album Blue this week.Mitchell first made her name as a songwriter, with early classics such as “The Circle Game” and “Both Sides Now” attracting covers from major artists in the 1960s folk movement, and it was as a sweet-voiced folkie that she first came to prominence as a recording artist. Beginning with 1970’s Ladies of the Canyon, she then rode the vanguard of confessional singer-songwriters in the first half of the Seventies, with landmark album Blue defining the entire genre.Mitchell wrote from the...
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Joni Mitchell: 50 Essential Songs

In May 2021, during an interview with Clive Davis, Joni Mitchell reflected on negative reviews she’s received over the years. “I thought, why is it that people are so hard on this stuff? Well, I guess it’s because it’s different,” she said. “It doesn’t fit into a genre. You can’t say it’s folk music or jazz; it’s somewhere in between.”
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Joni Mitchell, 'California (Blue Demos Session)'

One of the most common praises for Joni Mitchell's Blue is its raw, emotional songwriting and production. Mitchell's Blue 50 (Demos and Outtakes) doubles down on this quality, most notably in the demo version of "California." Equipped only with her inviting voice and a twangy dulcimer (sans James Taylor), Mitchell sings about her European excursions from Greece to Spain to France, where the song was written. While she journeys across the continent, she yearns to return home to California. The final question of this demo version feels even more homesick than in the original version as she begs to know: "Will you take me as I am?"