Joni Mitchell's Unseen Art: Friends, Lovers, And A Rock And Roll Life

By Jacob Shelton
Left: Joni Mitchell in Amsterdam, 1972. Right: A detail of Mitchell's portrait of of Neil Young in Morning Glory On The Vine. Sources: (Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns; hmhbooks.com)

Here's a rare treat for fans of classic folk-rock and Joni Mitchell: a book of her paintings previously seen only by friends and fellow musicians. Morning Glory On The Vine: Early Songs And Drawings (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) gives us all an eyeful of the "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Both Sides Now" singer's visual art. Though these images, including portraits of James Taylor, David Crosby, and Georgia O'Keefe, will be new to most of us, we've seen Joni Mitchell's work before -- she painted the covers for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's So Far (1974), and most of her own albums, including Clouds (1969), Ladies Of The Canyon (1970), Court And Spark (1974) and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)