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In 1971, as her album Blue topped music charts around the world, Joni Mitchell created a dazzling and unforgettable holiday gift for her closest friends. Morning Glory on the Vine was an exquisite selection of Joni's handwritten lyrics and poems, accompanied by more than thirty full-colour illustrations, paintings and watercolours. The book was hand-produced in Los Angeles and limited to one hundred signed and numbered copies. Copies of the book have rarely been seen in the past half-century. Now, in conjunction with Joni's 75th birthday celebrations, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, will be made publicly available for the first time. This edition contains the book's complete original content, plus a new introduction written by Joni and a number of her additional paintings (made at the time of the book's creation).

 

Details

ISBN: 9781786898586
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 128
Edition: Main
Publication Date: 22 Oct 2019
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 28.5(H) x 23(L) x 3(W)
Weight (gm): 1080

 

Reviews

Glorious * * Guardian * *
I became engrossed in Mitchell's drawings while browsing the book - they're vivid, intimate - but her handwritten lyrics and poems are just as revelatory . . . Morning Glory on the Vine feels like an extension of Mitchell's already considerable reach - it's a way of better understanding what she found beautiful, and worth holding onto. It is also a reassuring, almost palliative object on its own: these drawings and writings, arranged so artfully and carefully, feel like an anchor in an increasingly unsteady world * * New Yorker * *
The peerless Joni Mitchell isn't only one of the 20th century's greatest songwriters, she's also a water colourist of some distinction . . . It contains a rare intimacy and candour, as well as a unique gateway into Mitchell's inimitable music itself * * Metro, Books of the Year * *
A collection of more than thirty original paintings steeped in a bygone era . . . Evocative . . . A revelation for her devoted listeners, Morning Glory on the Vine is a comforting and intimate look at what caught an artist's eye when she was at the peak of her chaparral mountain * * Los Angeles Times * *
A showcase for another side of Joni Mitchell's prodigious talent * * Washington Post * *
A warm, water-coloured invitation to Mitchell's Laurel Canyon years . . . Think of the book as an artful expression of friendship, a personal time capsule unearthed * * The Globe and Mail * *

 

Author Biography

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose songs have helped define an era and a generation. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, and has released 19 studio albums, including Blue in 1971. Mitchell, with roots in visual art, has designed most of her own album covers. Among her numerous honours, she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.
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