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The Music of Joni Mitchell$
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Lloyd Whitesell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307993.001.0001

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SOUND AND STYLE

SOUND AND STYLE

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(p.15) 2 SOUND AND STYLE
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The Music of Joni Mitchell
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LLOYD WHITESELL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307993.003.0002

This chapter presents an overview of Mitchell's dynamic stylistic evolution (from folk to jazz to synthesized pop) according to four distinct periods. It illustrates salient aspects of each period by discussing representative songs. It provides a general chronological framework for the analyses in the remainder of the book. The chapter ends by focusing on the changing sound and style of the song “Woodstock” as it has traveled with her throughout her career.

Keywords:   stylistic evolution, folk, jazz, Woodstock

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