David Yaffe on Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

DEC 13, 2017 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


December 13, 2017: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM




The Leon Levy Center for Biography


Music critic David Yaffe discusses his new biography, "Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell" with Eric Banks, Director of the Institute for the Humanities. Arguably the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century, Mitchell 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. Drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs―from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present―and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Reckless Daughter is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music.