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Joni Mitchell's evolving styles

Long before she was a music icon, she was a Canadian prairie girl who loved to paint. But art school wasn't for Joni Mitchell, so she dropped out and joined the folk music circuit. By the late 1960s, her star was starting to soar. Mitchell's musical style evolved significantly over the decades, but her sensitive yet spirited personality has always shone through.

They've paved paradise, and put up a ... luxury hotel. Joni Mitchell's room in Toronto's Four Seasons hotel sits high above the hippie hangouts where her career began. And, though she waxes nostalgic, she isn't really complaining. As interviewer Peter Gzowski points out, both Yorkville and Joni Mitchell have gone upscale. In this Sunday Morning feature interview, Joni Mitchell charts her ascent by walking Gzowski through the many phases of her music and artwork.
• In November 1982 (less than a year before this interview was recorded) Joni Mitchell married bass player and sound engineer Larry Klein. The ceremony took place at the Malibu home Elliot Roberts, Mitchell's manager.
• The 1980s were a time of experimentation and collaboration for Joni Mitchell. She switched record labels (moving to Geffen) and collaborated with synthesizer guru Thomas Dolby, as well as artists ranging from Willie Nelson to Billy Idol.

• Joni Mitchell was also heavily involved in many political benefit concerts and recordings during the 1980s. These included:
- The Ethiopia benefit single Tears Are Not Enough.
- Farm Aid (1985).
- Conspiracy of Hope (1986, for Amnesty International).
- Get Tough on Toxins (Long Beach, 1986).
- Free Leonard Peltier (1987).
- The Spirit of the Forest (1989, for the Brazilian rainforests).
- And Our Common Future (1989, a U.N. benefit).
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Morning
Broadcast Date: July 17, 1983
Guest(s): Joni Mitchell
Host: Michael Enright, Barbara Smith
Reporter: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 13:22

Last updated: June 6, 2013

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