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.
Shawn Colvin inducts Joni Mitchellat the 1997 Induction Ceremony
Shawn Colvin inducts Joni Mitchell00:06:58
Graham Nash Acceptance Speech On Behalf of Joni Mitchell00:02:41
Shawn Colvin performs Joni Mitchell's "Free Man In Paris"00:03:07
James Taylor performs Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock"00:03:41
Hall of Fame Essay
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.
bound to her human condition, but still joyful
Photography: Henry Diltz
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