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Eight Grammys; 19 studio albums


Joni Mitchell's songs, frequently confessional, sometimes obscure, always literate and musically adventurous, form one of the most striking bodies of work in the popular music of the last three decades.

She was born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta in Canada. Her mother taught school and her father was a grocer. While she was still very young, the family moved to North Battlefored, Saskatchewan. At the age of seven years old, she convinced her parents to let her take piano lessons, but after a year and a half the lessons came to an end. At the time, her most important creative outlet was art, not music. When she was nine years old, her family moved again, this time to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These were the years of terrible polio epidemics, and Joan was one of that disease's victims. She was one of the lucky ones, though--after a stay in the hospital, she succeeded in getting back the use of her legs.

When she was twelve, she was strongly influenced by an English teacher, Mr. Kratzman, who encouraged her to develop her writing talent. And then, in her teens, she became interested in folk music. She learned to play the ukelele and began performing at parties. After graduating from high school, she became a student at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, hoping to become a painter. While there, however, she began singing in a local folk music club, and in 1964, at the end of her first year of college, she decided to leave school and move to Toronto in order to pursue a…

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