Dedicated to the artist known as Joni Mitchell.

"In a hundred years, when they ask who was the greatest songwriter of
the era, it's got to be her or Dylan. I think it's her. And she's a
better musician than Bob." ~ David Crosby
David Crosby on songwriters.

David Crosby on songwriters.

Joni Mitchell

—Woodstock

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”.

bookofjoni:

"I want to knit you a sweater / Want to write you a love letter / I want to make you feel better / Want to make you feel free"

bookofjoni:

"I want to knit you a sweater / Want to write you a love letter / I want to make you feel better / Want to make you feel free"

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.

Joni Mitchell
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Joni. Sketched and water-colored.

Joni. Sketched and water-colored.

Joni Mitchell on the Dick Cavett show, August 19, 1969.

Joni Mitchell on the Dick Cavett show, August 19, 1969.

Dick Cavett's Epic Woodstock Festival Show (August, 1969) →

On the Tuesday after Woodstock, Dick Cavett hosted Jefferson Airplane and Joni Mitchell. Stephen Stills and David Crosby crashed the event, having somehow escaped the clogged highways of upstate New York. It was “must - see” TV.

A 24-year-old Canadian with long blond hair, high cheekbones and a fine voice, she writes like a poet and strums like the devil.

— From a 1968 article in the New York Times, “Singer-songwriters are Making a Comeback”.

Joni Mitchell

—Raised on Robbery (alt)

"Court and Spark" (1974) was Joni Mitchell’s most commercially successful album reaching double platinum status. The first single from the album - "Raised on Robbery" - was actually released in late 1973. This version was an alternate version with a slightly different mix than the one on the album.