An eccentric combination of Starbucks and the Iraq war has drawn Joni Mitchell back to music six years after she quit in disgust at the record industry, which she denounced as a "cesspool". The Starbucks link came when Mitchell made a compilation of her favourite songs for the coffee chain and felt her musical enthusiasm return. (She's now signed to Starbucks' new record label Hear Music alongside fellow 1960s icon Paul McCartney.) The war in Iraq was a negative spur: it has inspired Mitchell to pen a series of apocalyptic songs that take aim at everything from global conflict ("Men love war!/That's what history's for") to drivers who jump red lights.
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