Singer. Songwriter. Artist. Poet. Performer. Feminist. Icon. Canadian.
Tragically, Joni Mitchell died today in Los Angeles at the age of 74. She entered the hospital on March 31st after being found unconscious at her home.
Mitchell spent her youth in Saskatchewan before music took her through Toronto, Detroit and New York. After being discovered by David Crosby she moved to California where she has lived since.
She has been beloved by fellow musicians and critics for decades. According to Wikipedia, AllMusic said, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”,and Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”.
Mitchell has won 8 Grammy Awards and released 19 studio albums throughout her career. She was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002.
For the last number of years, Mitchell had suffered from Morgellons Syndrome. And while she had given up touring and performing, she was an advocate for other suffers of Morgellons as well as environmental issues. She continued to create the visual art that was her first love.