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Elizabeth “Betsy” Asher, a music industry insider and self-described political news junkie, died Dec. 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. She was 75. She was born April 9, 1943 on Parris Island, SC to Paul Burney Doster and Elizabeth Fredrickson.

Betsy worked in the coffee houses of New York’s Greenwich Village and as a publicist before moving to London. By the time she relocated to L.A., the musicians and songwriters she had known in the Village had become household names in rock music. Journalists and biographers often sought Betsy’s unique perspective on the career arc of some of the most iconic musical artists of the last century.

Betsy is referenced by Joni in Song for Sharon, and perhaps Moon at the Window as well.

A feature-length documentary, Laurel Canyon, is set to premiere later this year. The film, according to a press release, “will pull back the curtain on a mythical world and provide an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it.” Alison Ellwood (History of the Eagles) will direct; the film will premiere later this year on EPIX.

Among the artists who will be featured are Joni, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, the Doors, Frank Zappa and more. More information here.

In 1971, as her album Blue topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted one hundred copies of Morning Glory on the Vine as a holiday gift for her closest friends (see original book). For this stunningly beautiful book, Joni hand-wrote an exquisite selection of her own lyrics and poems and illustrated them with more than thirty of her original paintings and watercolors. Hand-crafted, signed, and numbered in Los Angeles, the existing copies of this labor of love have rarely been seen in the past half-century.

Now, as Joni celebrates her seventy-fifth birthday, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings is available widely for the first time. In this faithfully reproduced facsimile edition, Joni's best-loved lyrics and poems spill across the pages in her own elegant script. The lively, full-color watercolor paintings depict a superb array of landscapes, still-lifes, portraits of friends, self portraits, innovative abstractions, and more. All the paintings from the original book are included, along with several additional works that Joni had intended to include for her friends in 1971. Finally, the refreshed volume features an original introduction written by Joni herself. Morning Glory on the Vine is a gorgeous and intimate keepsake and an invitation to explore anew the dazzling, visionary world of Joni Mitchell. More information here.

In Joni 75, artists gather to celebrate Joni's 75th birthday. The lineup features Brandi Carlile; Glen Hansard; Emmylou Harris; Norah Jones; Chaka Khan; Diana Krall; Kris Kristofferson; Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores; Graham Nash; Seal; James Taylor; and Rufus Wainwright. Presented by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the Joni 75 concerts were recorded November 6 and 7, 2018, with musical arrangements by co-musical directors Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd. Premieres nationwide beginning March 2 on PBS. Check local listings here.

Musicians! The transcription team is expanding its reach. If you are a guitarist, a pianist, a bass player, or just someone who loves Joni's music - you can now follow the team and learn about the magic behind Joni's music.

     

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In celebration of the 75th birthday year of Joni Mitchell, the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and her ongoing 7-year celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, singer and pianist Hannah Reimann presents a new staging of Mitchell’s work, BOTH SIDES NOW.

Featuring Reimann as lead vocalist, pianist and dulcimer with guest instrumentalist Michele Temple (Pere Ubu) on guitar and backing vocals. Directed by Austin Pendleton. More information here.

In celebration of the 75th birthday year of Joni Mitchell, the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and her ongoing 7-year celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, singer and pianist Hannah Reimann presents a new staging of Mitchell’s work, BOTH SIDES NOW.

Featuring Reimann as lead vocalist, pianist and dulcimer with guest instrumentalist Michele Temple (Pere Ubu) on guitar and backing vocals. Directed by Austin Pendleton. More information here.

The Farmington Community Library will on April 25 host the author of a book that recounts folk singer Joni Mitchell’s time in Detroit and how it affected her music.

Author Susan Whitall, author of “Joni in Detroit: How the Cass Corridor Shaped Joni Mitchell’s Iconic Music”, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

Whitall edited the collection of her interviews from Mitchell’s earliest day, along with anecdotal stories. Her presentation will include photographs and recordings.

Registration is suggested; More information here or call 248-553-6880.

The Court and Spark show will take you on a musical journey that will probably mirror your own journey through life, from Ladies of the Canyon, Clouds, For the Roses, Blue and Court and Spark, to the cool, evocative sounds of Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, Mingus and Turbulent Indigo. More information here.

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