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Book Thoughts: Reckless Daughter (David Yaffe)

Yaffe, David - Reckless Daughter


Title: Reckless Daughter, A Portrait of Joni Mitchell
Author: David Yaffe
Genre: Non-Fiction / Biography / Music
First published: 17 October 2017
Edition: ARC e-book, courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux via NetGalley

Of course everyone knows Joni Mitchell, but how much do we actually know about her? In my case, I knew some of her songs, but I was not that familiar with her albums or her personal life and I jumped at the chance to find out more about her. I am glad I did. This is a really well written biography, which is hung on the skeleton of her excellent discography and fleshed out from there.

David Yaffe does an excellent job bringing Joni to life; her music is disected with passion and her personal life is told with compassion and honesty, not holding back on the sadness and anger life sometimes brought her. The book is written based on interviews conducted with Joni herself and many of her lovers and fellow musicians. It gives various perspectives on certain situations, which definitely gives it more integrity.

I really enjoyed reading this tale of a prairie girl who dreamed of another life and made it big. She may not have become quite the star she had envisioned she would become, she may have become out of tune with the changing world around her,  but she remains a 70s icon and her music is still loved by millions.

This biography paints a vivid portrait of brilliant songwriter, who still deserves to be listened to. I will.

6 out of 7 stars