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Joni Mitchell Opens Up About Life In New Biography

By: Renee Grant

Legendary musician Joni Mitchell is not known to be the most cooperative when it comes to biographies, but that seems to have changed with the release of David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell.

In the book, Mitchell says former love interest James Taylor was “broody and moody … incapable of a relationship,” while she says another former boyfriend, David Crosby, was “incompetent” at producing her first album.

She also that her first husband, Chuck Mitchell, was guilty of “academic stupidity.”

Yaffe, a Syracuse University professor, has also written books about Bob Dylan and jazz music. Telling the story of Mitchell’s life from a childhood battle with polio through her suffering a debilitating aneurysm in 2015, Yaffe gives an unprecedented look into the singer’s incredible story.

Joni also speaks candidly about suffering a miscarriage later in life, physical abuse suffered during a relationship with former drummer boyfriend Don Alias, and her addiction to cocaine.

The book is available now from Sarah Crichton Books.

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