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This just in from Joni! "I joined my dear friend Elton John for a very special conversation on his Rocket Hour program." Full audio and video available Saturday at 2pm LDN / 6am PT only on Apple Music. Released to the public 4 hours later. The discussion was taped on October 28.

Is this Dreamland coming on? Could this be the Only Joy in Town? We got a break, unbelievable!

The secret is out- Joni will be performing live again for the second Joni Jam - 'Echoes through the Canyon' - with Brandi Carlile. Set your sights for June 10, 2023 at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. Tickets will be sold in three increments: an Artist presale starts at 10am on Thursday October 27. Then, the public sale of tickets begins at 10am on Friday, October 28 (Both times are US Pacific).

Also, Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00am until Thursday, October 27 at 10:00pm through the Citi Entertainment program.

We'll post any updates here, as details may change over the next few days. Amelia, this is not a false alarm.

On October 28, Rhino will mark the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s 1972 album ‘For The Roses’ with a new black vinyl reissue available at all retailers. An aqua blue pressing will follow on November 11. The color variant is an Amazon exclusive in the US, and will be available at various independent record stores in other territories.

Previously only available in the recent ‘Asylum Albums 1972-1975’ box set, the remastered album will now be available on its own, using the same sources as the box set. The records were cut by Bernie Grundman directly from the original analog master tapes, and both variations of ‘For The Roses’ are pressed at Optimal, as the ‘Asylum Albums’ box set was.

US links: Black vinyl - Blue vinyl. For other territories, contact your favorite record store for order details.

Today's the day! Rhino explores the beginning of the prolific Asylum era with THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975), the next installment in the Joni Mitchell Archives series. The collection features newly remastered versions of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). All four were recently remastered by Bernie Grundman. More information here.

Berklee’s Office of the President and Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice presented an honorary doctorate to Joni last night, August 23, at a private residence in Santa Monica, California. Linda Brown and Russell Brown of the MaddocksBrown Foundation hosted the intimate evening gathering.

Described as “the voice of a generation,” Mitchell has been hailed as having a consequential influence on the styles and sounds that shaped 20th century music and culture. Berklee President Erica Muhl remarked in her introduction, “Since her debut in the late 1960s, Joni has been a force for change in the industry, blazing the trail for women in music with an unwavering commitment to achieving the status rightfully due her as one of the world’s great musical artists.” - Colette Greenstein

This is Joni's fourth honorary doctorate.

More information here.

Joni is featured on the cover of the new (October) issue of UNCUT, in UK stores from August 18 and available to buy now from their online store. It's an 11-page spread focusing on Joni's Newport appearance and the upcoming Asylum Albums box set. More information here.

Mo Ostin, the industry giant and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who led Warner Bros. Records for nearly a quarter-century and worked with some of music’s all-time biggest names — from Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young to Paul Simon, Joni and the Grateful Dead — died overnight in his sleep. He was 95. Warner Records Co-Chairman Tom Corson and Aaron Bay-Schuck announced the news yesterday but gave no other details.

Mo was present at the signing of Joni's first record contract. “Mo was one of the greatest record men of all time, and a prime architect of the modern music business,” Corson said in a statement

Joni was at a turning point 50 years ago. After making four acclaimed albums with Reprise Records, she left the label to join the brand-new Asylum Records in 1972. Over the next seven years, she would record some of the most acclaimed music of her career while changing her musical direction by adding more jazz elements into her songwriting. The evolution culminated in 1979 with Mingus, her collaboration with jazz titan Charles Mingus, and her studio last album for Asylum.

Rhino explores the beginning of that prolific era with THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975), the next installment in the Joni Mitchell Archives series. The collection features newly remastered versions of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). All four were recently remastered by Bernie Grundman.

THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975) will be available on September 23 in 4-CD and 5-LP 180-gram vinyl (Limited Edition Of 20,000) versions, as well as digitally. The newly remastered version of “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio” from For The Roses is available today on digital download and streaming services.


Moon's up, nights up,
Taking the town by surprise.

Last night at the Newport Folk Festival, Paul Simon made a surprise appearance. A reviewer wrote "I’m not sure how the festival can outdo itself on Sunday for Day 3 but they always seem to find a way."

They found a way.

After Brandi Carlile's set this early evening, a shocked and delighted crowd roared as Joni Mitchell came on stage and participated in what was pre-billed as the 'Coyote Jam' with Brandi and many others.

The last time Joni performed with guitar in hand in front of a paying audience was 8,660 days ago, on her 55th birthday.

The set list:
Joni enters
Carey
Come in From The Cold
Help Me
A Case of You
Big Yellow Taxi
Just Like This Train (Joni on guitar!)
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Amelia
Love Potion #9
Shine
Summertime
Both Sides Now
The Circle Game

Here's a compilation of videos, articles, and photos from the event.

Rhino and Record Store Day have teamed up to reissue the 2021 remaster of Blue on clear vinyl as part of the RSD Essentials series. You can buy it from your preferred independent record shop (or their online storefronts) on November 11.

Joni Mitchell - Blue
RSD Essential
Clear Vinyl LP
RELEASE DATE: 11/11/2022

RSD Essential 031: Blue is the fourth studio album by Joni, released on June 22, 1971, by Reprise Records. Written and produced entirely by Mitchell, it was recorded in 1971 at A&M Studios in Hollywood, California. Created just after her breakup with Graham Nash and during an intense relationship with James Taylor, Blue explores various facets of relationships from infatuation on "A Case of You" to insecurity on "This Flight Tonight". Today, Blue is generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; the cohesion of Mitchell's songwriting, compositions and voice are frequent areas of praise. In other words, this album is ESSENTIAL.