Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe audiobook

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

By David Yaffe
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12.24 Hours Unabridged
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Joni Mitchell is a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans. In her heyday she released ten experimental, challenging, and revealing albums; her lyrics captivated people with the beauty of their language and the rawness of their emotions, both deeply personal to Mitchell and universally relatable to her audience. In this intimate biography, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, her pre-vaccine bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, up through the quintessential albums and love affairs, and all the way to the present—and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Yaffe has had unprecedented access both to Mitchell and to those who know her, drawing on interviews with childhood friends and the cast of famous characters (Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, and more) with whom she has crossed paths and influenced, as well as insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, their imagery and style, and what they say about the woman herself.

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A BookPage Top Pick for November

Joni Mitchell is a cultural touchstone for generations of Americans. In her heyday she released ten experimental, challenging, and revealing albums; her lyrics captivated people with the beauty of their language and the rawness of their emotions, both deeply personal to Mitchell and universally relatable to her audience. In this intimate biography, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, David Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, her pre-vaccine bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, up through the quintessential albums and love affairs, and all the way to the present—and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends.

Yaffe has had unprecedented access both to Mitchell and to those who know her, drawing on interviews with childhood friends and the cast of famous characters (Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, and more) with whom she has crossed paths and influenced, as well as insightful analyses of her famous lyrics, their imagery and style, and what they say about the woman herself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A vivid and dramatic book.” New Republic
Yaffee…is a brilliant analyst of how Mitchell’s songs are made.” New Yorker
"Yaffe solidly traces the glory and gloom of a musical career that expanded our ears and hearts…The lonely girl ill with polio had survived to become a great artist. Yaffe’s books tells us how she got there.” Washington Post
“[A] highly readable, effusive new biography.” BookPage

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Author Bio: David Yaffe

Author Bio: David Yaffe

David Yaffe is a professor of humanities at Syracuse University and a 2012 winner of the Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism. His writing has appeared in many publications, including the Nation, Harper’s, New York Times, Slate, New York, Village Voice, Daily Beast, and Bookforum. He is the author of several books, including Bob Dylan, Fascinating Rhythm, and Reckless Daughter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 12.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English