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Canadians share Mitchell memories

The Story

Almost all Canadians of a certain age can recall a time when a song by Joni Mitchell's provided the score to a memorable moment in their lives. Today, on the occasion of the singer-songwriter's 60th birthday, host Bill Richardson invites listeners share memories of Mitchell and her music. Among the stories: the "true origins" of Chelsea Morning, a jettisoned 8-track tape, and a Greek bed bearing the words "Joni Mitchell Slept Here."

Medium: Radio
Program: Richardson's Roundup
Broadcast Date: Nov. 7, 2003
Host: Bill Richardson
Duration: 10:52

Did You know?

• With more than 20 albums spanning five decades to her credit, Joni Mitchell has been a major influence on music fans and musicians alike. Successful cover versions of Joni Mitchell songs have been recorded by artist like Counting Crows and Janet Jackson (Big Yellow Taxi), Nazareth (This Flight Tonight) and Tori Amos (A Case of You.) She has been cited as an influence on artists as disparate as Prince, Elvis Costello and Mandy Moore.

• According to Wikipedia, the song Going to California by Led Zeppelin was written about singer Robert Plant's infatuation with Joni Mitchell.
• Joni Mitchell's website features a running catalogue of references to Mitchell in popular culture. As of January 2007 it included more than 250 references in books, movies, plays, poetry and television.

• Among the Joni Mitchell references listed on her site: the book Fight Club ("Chloe was the way Joni Mitchell's skeleton would look if you made it smile and walk around a party being extra special and nice to everyone"), the film High Fidelity (one of her albums is shoplifted) and the television show Alias (a CIA operative, listening to headphones and crying, states "I'm listening to Joni Mitchell... please don't tell anyone.")


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