Reckless Daughter

A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country. LEARN MORE…

“[T]he best full-length treatment of Mitchell yet published . . . [Yaffe] pulls off the feat that has eluded so many of his predecessors: He forges an intimacy with Mitchell on her own, uncompromising terms by truly listening to her, as closely and as generously as she’s always deserved.”

Jack HamiltonThe Atlantic

“Joni Mitchell’s gift was so enormous that it remade the social space around her … Yaffe charts these encounters with a sure hand, and is a brilliant analyst of how Mitchell’s songs are made.”

Dan ChiassonThe New Yorker

“Dazzling . . . A shimmering portrait of one artist’s life, illusions and all.”

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Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe