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    ARTS TORONTO December 17th EDITION

    This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91

    RECKLESS DAUGHTER: DAVID YAFFE ON JONI MITCHELL BIOGRAPHY

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with author David Yaffe about his comprehensive biography on Joni Mitchell.

    WHO: David Yaffe

    WHAT: Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Jon Mitchell

    WHERE: Where you buy books and online

    WHEN: Available now





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    ABOUT:

    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, composed of dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters that includes Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and David Crosby, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs―from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her pre-vaccine bout with polio at age nine, her early marriage, and the child she gave up for adoption, through the quintessential love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present―and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her 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, their style, and their reflection of the woman herself.


    A Canadian prairie girl, a free-spirited artist, Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. She was nothing more than “a painter derailed by circumstances,” she would explain. And yet, she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and a 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, born out of Mitchell’s life, loves, complaints, and prophecies. As an artist whose work deftly balances narrative and musical complexity, she was admired by such legendary lyricists as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and was a beloved collaborator of jazz musicians Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock, among others. Her hits—from “Big Yellow Taxi” to “Both Sides, Now” to “A Case of You”—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.


    Biography


    David Yaffe was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1973. He has written on numerous subjects (music, film, theater, dance, higher education) forThe Nation, New York, Slate, The New York Times, The New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and other publications. He is currently a professor of Humanities at Syracuse University, and is the author of Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown.

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    Senior ArtsEditor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm

    CLARE MCCONNELL TALKS STAR TREK & SECOND CITY

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with actress Clare McConnell about her part in Star Trek Discovery and her current position as a cast member in The Second City's new production of 'The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Sweater."

    Andy Kim on Christmas Show & the future of music

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with multiple music Hall of Famer, Andy Kim, on his stunning career and his upcoming Andy Kim Christmas Show

    Matthew Jocelyn looks back at 8 seasons with Canadian Stage

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with outgoing Canadian Stage Artistic and General Director, Matthew Jocelyn.

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