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Reckless Daughter

Nonfiction: Biography, Music
Unabridged   12.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/17/2017

Washington Post Notable Book

Reckless Daughter

A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686981
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686998


Reckless Daughter tells the story of Joni Mitchell and also of the fertile, exciting musical time of which she was an integral part, one that had a profound effect that can still be felt today on American music and the industry.

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Product Description

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.


“Sands alternately speeds up and slows down her delivery, but that only serves to keep our attention and makes it seem as though she is speaking only to us.” —AudioFile

“As Mitchell, narrator Xe Sands builds on this intimacy, channeling the subject believably.” —Library Journal

“Sands’ evenly paced reading enlivens the text…At times, her voice resonates with tones of subtly nuanced vulnerability, and at other times, Sands reflects Mitchell’s tough professional persona.” —Booklist

"Reckless Daughter is an engrossing, well-told biography. It reanimates Mitchell’s incredible history." —The Ringer

"A vivid and dramatic book" ―Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic

"Dazzling . . . A shimmering portrait of one artist's life, illusions and all." ―Booklist, Starred Review

"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." ―Sibbie O'Sullivan, The Washington Post

Author Bio

David Yaffe has written on numerous subjects (music, film, theater, dance, higher education) for the Nation, New York, Slate, the New York Times, the New Republic, Harper's Magazine, and other publications. He is the author of Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing and Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown.