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The Songs of Joni Mitchell: Gender, Performance and Agency

The Songs of Joni Mitchell: Gender, Performance and Agency (Paperback)

By Karppinen, Anne

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An unorthodox musician from the start, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's style of composing, performing, and of playing (and tuning) the guitar is unique. In the framework of sexual difference and the gendered discourses of rock this immediately begs the questions: are Mitchell's... read full description below.

ISBN 9780367229313
Barcode 9780367229313
Published 7 February 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Paperback
Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
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ISBN-13 9780367229313
ISBN-10 0367229315
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 7 February 2019
International Publication Date 9 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Karppinen, Anne
Series Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Category Composers & Musicians
Folk Music
Rock & Pop Music
Number of Pages 212
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 318g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 782.42166092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

An unorthodox musician from the start, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's style of composing, performing, and of playing (and tuning) the guitar is unique. In the framework of sexual difference and the gendered discourses of rock this immediately begs the questions: are Mitchell's songs specifically feminine and, if so, to what extent and why? Anne Karppinen addresses this question focusing on the kind of music and lyrics Mitchell writes, the representation of men and women in her lyrics, how her style changes and evolves over time, and how cultural context affects her writing. Linked to this are the concepts of subjectivity and authorship: when a singer-songwriter sings a song in the first person, about whom are they actually singing? Mitchell offers a fascinating study, for the songs she writes and sings are intricately woven from the strands of her own life. Using methods from critical discourse analysis, this book examines recorded performances of songs from Mitchell's first nine studio albums, and the contemporary reviews of these albums in Anglo-American rock magazines. In one of the only books to discuss Mitchell's recorded performances, with a focus that extends beyond the seminal album Blue, Karppinen explores the craft of Mitchell's songwriting and her own attitudes towards it, as well as the dynamics and politics of rock criticism in the 1960s and 1970s more generally.

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Author's Bio

Anne Karppinen is a university teacher, translator and musician. She earned her MA in English and her PhD in Contemporary Culture from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. She teaches English at The Open University of the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

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