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VultureKicking and Screaming: How Radiohead Became Themselves in 7 Not-so-easy Steps

Syracuse UniversityJoni Mitchell Biography Hits All the Right Notes: Professor David Yaffe continues to rake in awards for 2017 bestseller

SlateThe Biographer in the Bubble: Robert Hilburn’s authorized life of Paul Simon

The NationCheck Every Box: Is HBO’s new show Here and Now a critique of our contemporary culture or a symptom of it?

The Paris ReviewThe Agony and the XTC

The Dallas Morning NewsHow Dallas’ David Yaffe got to know Joni Mitchell — and was trusted with telling her life story

PBS News HourJoni Mitchell’s biographer on her songwriting style, missing Woodstock and thoughts about Bob Dylan

Rolling StoneJoni Mitchell Talks Exes, Addictions and Music in Candid, All-Access Biography

TabletLife Lessons From Joni Mitchell: What one writer learned spending decades listening, and talking to, the legendary singer

The New York Review of BooksLou’s Wild Side

CBCListen‘Reckless Daughter’: The definitive biography of Joni Mitchell

USA TodayJoni Mitchell biography ‘Reckless Daughter’ looks at icon’s thorny life from both sides

The Nation / Back to the Garden: The Elusiveness of Joni Mitchell

The Nation / Hiding in Plain Sight: The Loneliness of Elizabeth Bishop

The New Yorker / Joni Mitchell’s Openhearted Heroism

The Atlantic / The Unknowable Joni Mitchell

The New York Times / Working Three Shifts, and Outrage Overtime (Joni Mitchell)

The Nation / Misterioso (book review: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original)

The Nation / Elvis Costello’s Momofuku: A Portrait of Love and Lust

The Nation / The Art of the Improviser (profile Ornette Coleman)

The Nation / Chameleon: Herbie Hancock Adapts to Lyrics

The Nation / Waiting for the Miracle: On Leonard Cohen

Slate / It’s All Too Much

The Village Voice / Seventy on Seventy: The Best Bob Dylan Songs (part 2)

Book Forum / Tom Waits For No Man

The Chronicle of Higher Education / An Open Letter to Michael Moore

Observer / Birth of a Protester: Days of Rage, Nights of Press Comps

New York Magazine / Crossing Over (Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones)

New York Magazine / Holiday Season (Billie Holiday)

New York Magazine / Miles Behind (JVC Jazz Festival)

Barnes & Noble / Life: A Memoir of Keith Richards (book review)

Slate / The Last Temptation of Dylan

Slate / How West Side Story Went Jazz

Slate / The State of the Dylan Address

Slate / Tangled Up in Keys

Village Voice / It Takes a Village

The Nation / Decline of the West

Village Voice / He’ll Go On (John Turturro)

The Daily Beast / Dylan’s 70 Years of Trouble

Village Voice / Bob Dylan’s New York City: Why it Never Got Better Than 1961

Village Voice / Seventy on Seventy: The 70 Best Bob Dylan Songs (part 1)

Harper’s Magazine / After All These Years: The Remastery of Paul Simon

PDF / This is a Recording: On Alan Lomax

The Chronicle of Higher Education / Some Artists Really Are Too Cool For School

The Chronicle of Higher Education / ‘I Caught the Darkness, Baby’

Village Voice / Paul McCartney Opens The Book of Love Songs with Kisses on the Bottom

Village Voice / Live: Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis Bridge the Gap at the Rose Theater

The Daily Beast / The Rage in Bob Dylan’s “Tempest”

The Chronicle of Higher Education / Why I Still Teach ‘Portrait of a Lady’

Tablet Magazine / Shanah Tova From Donald Fagan


David Yaffe on Reckless Daughter, his biography of Joni Mitchell, with Eric Banks, Director of the Institute for the Humanities at NYU. Dec. 13, 2017, the Skylight Room, the Graduate Center, CUNY.


Reckless Daughter, has won Best History in the 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in the category Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music.

ARSC Award