Joni Mitchell

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    Shawn Colvin
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Joni Mitchell


A brilliant musician and creative nomad, letting her muse take her where it will.

Joni Mitchell is, first and foremost, an artist. Whether she is singing about televangelists or a love gone wrong, she treats each subject with equal finesse, elevating it with poetic lyrics and a celestial voice.

Hall of Fame Essay


Patricia Romanowski

Joni Mitchell’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an event worthy of both celebration and reflection, a chance to finally dismiss some conventional wisdom about this unconventional artist and to acknowl­edge her unparalleled influence as a singer, songwriter, musician, poet and producer.

I doubt I’m alone in relishing the sweet poetic justice in our honoring the woman Rolling Stone crassly dubbed “Old  Lady of the Tear” over two decades ago as one of the preeminent artists of this century. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1997
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bound to her human condition, but still joyful
Shawn Colvin



1978 Ibanez George Benson GB10 NT Electric Guitar



Photography: Henry Diltz