Joni Mitchell and her friend, Neil Young. These two Canadian legends shared a vision for music, a passion for excellence, and a childhood of challenging disease. They have parried songs (“Sugar Mountain” and “Both Sides Now”) and worked together.
I had posted the first public performance of “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell in September 1969. This is Joni’s last performance of the song.
In 2013, the Toronto arts festival Luminato honoured Joni Mitchell as a celebration of her upcoming 70th birthday. Various artists came together to sing Joni’s works - and she closed the show by joining them to sing her iconic “Woodstock”.
Joni Mitchell missed the Woodstock festival in August 1969 as she was scheduled for the popular Dick Cavett show the Monday following the event. As her managers feared that she wouldn’t be able to leave the area overwhelmed with young people, she did not go. As she watched the TV reports, she was moved to write a song about the promise of the festival.
A month later, Joni appeared at the Big Sur festival in California and performed her new composition for the first time.
Crosby Stills, Nash and Young recorded their version for their Deja Vu album released in 1970. Joni’s own version was later released on her Ladies of the Canyon album.