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1246472498-joni-mitchellHappy Birthday (tomorrow) Mom!

Quintessential Songs: WoodstockRiverCalifornia

Musical Style: One of the original folk rock musicians, Joni brought her West Coast free-love vibe to the mainstream, penning the anthem for the greatest music festival of all time, despite not even being there. Unlike many singers then and now, Joni had both the looks and the talent to make it big, and she was (and still is) widely respected by her peers and fans. Whether she wanted all of the attention, however, is another story.

Quoted: “My individual, psychological descent coincided, ironically, with my ascent into the public eye.”

Fashion Style: Joni’s look easily made her the poster child of the ’60s hippie movement, with her long straight hair, face free of makeup in favor of natural beauty, and a penchant for loose and gauzy pieces of clothing. More often than not, Joni performed sans shoes with only her guitar and her beautiful voice.

Legacy: Joni Mitchell is noted as one of the strongest influences in popular music and may very well be remembered as the most important female recording artist of the late 20th century. Until then, she will continue to write poetic and socially responsible songs for us to enjoy.

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