(*1943) Canadian Joni Mitchell is one of the most influential artists from the second half of the 20th century. She had her creative roots in the visual arts, but described herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance", making her biggest mark on music by writing, singing, producing, playing the piano and the guitar. "I sing my sorrow, and I paint my joy."
Rolling Stone called Mitchell "one of the greatest songwriters ever". The poetry of her lyrics showed her most innate, personal feelings reflecting social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. About “Blue” (often cited as one of the best albums of all time), she later remarked, "At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn't pretend to be strong." Nevertheless "I'm not a pitiable creature. It's just that I suffer very eloquently".
Musically, the harmonics of Mitchell’s compositions have always been highly innovative using what she self called "Joni's weird chords". The mid 70s onwards, her compositions grew more complex as she explored jazz, melting it with influences from rock and roll, R&B, classical music, non-western and electronic music.
Mitchell has received nine Grammy Awards, one of which a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 for being "one of the most important female recording artists of the rock era" and "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination and integrity".
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