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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Bio Gets to Know Reckless Daughter and Eternal Singer-Songwriter Joni Mitchell

Sounds like a great book Henry...thanks for the review...she has made some amazing music, and lived vicariously...glad Yaffe struck the right notes...

I've read it. Good, let alone great, biographies of musicians are rare. Most are boring recitals of trivia and fulsome praise. This is an exception, a perceptive account equivalent to Mitchell's stature.

An interesting review.....a reader endorsement - sold!    Thanks.   I'm going to pick it up.   

I am not sure this is the definitive Joni book, even with her considerable contributions to the text.  Something in Yaffe's writing style is very off-putting.  He seems at least as interested in building his own myth - of staying up all night with Joni and his own rock and roll journalist lifestyle.  I found his persona very invasive and distracting.  I felt there was so much missing in this book.  The facts, names and places are right.  Lots of information is presented, but there's no spark to the writing and the insights are really quite pedestrian.  'Will You Take Me AS I Am' about Joni's Blue period is a far more interesting and captivating read in my opinion.  Joni deserves a far better book than this cliched rock bio offers.