Joni Mitchell

  • 31 October 2005

Date of birth

7th November, 1943




1st January, 1970



Joni Mitchell IS Able To Speak, Says Official Statement By Conservator

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 30 June 2015

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David Crosby had claimed last week that the singer was unable to talk, but her conservator has corrected that assertion.

New reports indicate that Joni Mitchell is on the slow road to recovery after her hospitalisation earlier this year. Her conservator has revealed that her health is improving and that she is, in fact, able to speak.

Leslie Morris, her legal guardian and conservator, released a statement through Mitchell’s official website on Sunday (June 28th) providing some details on her condition for the first time in a while. She noted that, while Mitchell did indeed suffer an aneurysm, she is in fact “speaking well” and is expected to make a full recovery.

Image caption Joni Mitchell is able to speak, according to her conservator

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Joni Mitchell Had An Aneurysm, Says Her Friend David Crosby

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 28 June 2015

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The guitarist said that, while Mitchell was at home and recovering, she was still "unable to speak".

Official updates concerning the condition of Joni Mitchell, who was hospitalised back in March, have been few and far between. However, fellow musician David Crosby has revealed that, while she is recovering at home, she is unable to speak.

In conversation with HuffPost Live, the 73 year old guitarist answered a Twitter question about Mitchell’s condition. “To my knowledge she is not speaking yet. She is home, she is in care, she is recovering,” he responded. “She took a terrible hit. She had an aneurysm, and nobody found her for a while. And she’s going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury.”

Image caption Joni Mitchell is recovering at home but still cannot speak, according to David Crosby

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Joni Mitchell Not In A Coma, Contrary To Reports

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 29 April 2015

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Initial reports on Tuesday suggested that the legendary singer's health had taken a turn for the worse, but they were unfounded, according to Mitchell's official website.

Despite reports suggesting that her health had deteriorated, iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is apparently not in a coma. TMZ reported on Tuesday afternoon that the 71 year old’s health had taken a turn for the worse after a lengthy stay in hospital, and that she was completely unresponsive and unable to take care of herself.

Leslie Morris, her close friend of 44 years, was reported to have filed documents to obtain legal conservatorship over her, but her official website said "she comprehends, she's alert and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected." The documents simply relate to the power to make care decisions in the absence of 24-hour medical care once she's out of hospital.

Image caption Joni Mitchell was hospitalised at the end of March [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]

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Joni Mitchell "Getting Stronger Each Day" After Hospitalisation

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 04 April 2015

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The 71-year old was taken to hospital on Tuesday.

Joni Mitchell is said to be now ‘resting comfortably’ in hospital, after she was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on Tuesday morning. The 71 year old ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ singer had been placed in intensive care, but was confirmed to be ‘awake and in good spirits’ by Tuesday evening.

Image caption Joni Mitchell is recovering in hospital [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]

A statement on the signer’s official website released Friday read, "Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. Her progress is encouraging as she continues to improve each day."

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Joni Mitchell In Intensive Care After Being Hospitalized In Los Angeles

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 April 2015

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Joni Mitchell is being treated in intensive care in Los Angeles.

The legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was hospitalized on Tuesday and is being treated in intensive care. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said that about 2.30pm, a person from Funchal Road was taken to a hospital in "fair condition."

Image caption Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles [Getty/Frederick M. Brown]

At around 10pm, Mitchell's verified Twitter account confirmed the musician she was in intensive care "but is awake and in good spirits."

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Joni Mitchell Reveals She Rejected Taylor Swift To Play Her In A Movie

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 27 November 2014

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The veteran singer-songwriter apparently dismissed Swift as a candidate to portray her on film because she's just "a girl with high cheekbones". Ouch!

News has emerged that Taylor Swift was shot down for a role playing singer Joni Mitchell on the big screen – by Mitchell herself.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 71 year old songwriting legend dismissed the suggestion that Swift should portray her in an as-yet-unmade film of a book ‘Girls Like Us’ when casting talks were held in 2012."I squelched that. I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.'"

Image caption Taylor Swift at the 2013 Capital FM Summertime Ball, London.

There are a variety of theories regarding who the mystery man could be. Simon had a number of relationships with high profile men such as Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens and Simon's former husband James Taylor. None of the aforementioned was particularly renowned for their modesty.

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Liked 'Lady And The Tramp'? Spare A Thought For John David Wilson, 93

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 July 2013

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John David Wilson helped revolutionize movie animation.

Many of us have marvelled at the animation in Walt Disney's 1950 classic Lady and the Tramp, though few will be familiar with the British-born animator behind the stunning visuals - John David Wilson, who died this week aged 93. Wilson, who honed his skills after being injured in the London Rifle Brigade's African campaign in 1941 with the, joined the art department of Pinewood Studios after the war.

John David Wilson Animated The Famous Opening Sequence To 'Grease,' Starring John Travolta

The WWII veteran was also responsible for animating the recognisable opening sequence of the 198 high school musical movie Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. In a long career with Disney, he worked on characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck as well as movies Great Expectations, The Thief of Bagdad, though it will be his work on Lady and the Tramp for which Wilson will be best remembered.

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Bob Dylan Labels Plagirism Critics ‘Wussies And Pussies’.

By Staff Writer on 13 September 2012

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“Wussies and pussies.” That’s the term Bob Dylan used to describe his critics, specifically those who accused the veteran singer-songwriter of plagiarizing some of his song lyrics. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the 71-year-old was asked what he thought of the controversy surrounding his writing sharing similarities to the works of Japanese author Junichi Saga and poet Henry Timrod.

Dylan – who has just released his 35th studio album to near universal critical acclaim – said, “Oh, yeah, in folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition…That certainly is true. It's true for everybody, but me. There are different rules for me. And as far as Henry Timrod is concerned, have you even heard of him? Who's been reading him lately?” Timrod – who died in 1867 – was dubbed the poet laureate of the Confederacy though failed to find any real commercial success. Referring to the New York Times’ article about the similarities of his and poet’s work, Dylan said, “Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It's an old thing - it's part of the tradition. It goes way back.” In 2003, the Wall Street Journal noted that lyrics from Dylan’s 2001 record ‘Love and Theft’ included phrases similar to those found in the 1995 biography of a Japanese mobster. A line from the book read, “I'm not as cool or forgiving as I might have sounded,” while Dylan wrote and sang, “I'm not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound.” On this specific example, the singer-songwriter explained, “I'm working within my art form. It's that simple. I work within the rules and limitations of it. There are authoritarian figures that can explain that kind of art form better to you than I can. It's called songwriting.” Of course, accusations of plagiarism in the music world are nothing new, nor are they for Dylan, who was the target of an interview by Joni Mitchell in 2010. She told the Los Angeles Times, “Bob [Dylan] is not authentic at all…He's a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I.”

Nevertheless, the 71-year-old Dylan remains on good form and has released three albums in as many years. Uncut magazine describes his latest – Tempest - as, “the most far-reaching, provocative and transfixing album of Dylan's later career.”

The Last Waltz Review

By David Bezanson


The Band were one of the best rock groups of the '60s and '70s, creating a unique brand of music that incorporated elements of folk, blues, and soul -- ironically, at the time when those elements were being squeezed out of rock by groups such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Unfortunately, the Band's music didn't have much influence on the way future music would develop. But The Last Waltz, a concert film of the Band's 1976 farewell performance, remains an essential artwork. The film is a reminder that while they lasted, the Band (guitarist Robbie Robertson, drummer Levon Helm, keyboardists Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, and bassist Rick Danko) was as good as any group in rock history.

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