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That Time Joni Mitchell Brought Gordon Lightfoot’s House Down With ‘Coyote’

That Time Joni Mitchell Brought Gordon Lightfoot’s House Down With ‘Coyote’
This summer, Joni Mitchell will release The Reprise Albums (1968-1971), the second installment of her archive series. It contains reissues of her first four albums to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Blue — her final release on Reprise before she signed to Asylum Records.

Mitchell’s Seventies albums on Asylum are so legendary that the expectations are high for the next archival package. Will there be a single box set dedicated to Court and Spark, or will it be grouped in with The Hissing of Summer Lawns? What about the severely underrated For the Roses?
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Joni Mitchell Biographer David Yaffe On The Turbulent Path To ‘Reckless Daughter’

Author David Yaffe first encountered Joni Mitchell about a decade ago and it wasn’t long before he fell on her bad side. Notoriously prickly, the singer-songwriter called him to criticize his word choice in a New York Times interview with her. In particular, she hated that after spending time at her Los Angeles home he […]
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Joni Mitchell Reveals Battle With Morgellons Disease, Says It Feels Like Being ‘Eaten Alive’

Joni Mitchell is opening up about her health issues in a new biography. Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, written by author David Yaffe, is giving fans an inside look at the legendary singer/songwriter’s life. Related: Canadian Icon Joni Mitchell Makes Rare Appearance At Star-Studded Pre-Grammys Party The Daily Mail reports, that in the new novel, […]
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Joni Mitchell Says Battle with Rare Morgellons Disease Makes Her Feel Like She’s Being ‘Eaten Alive’

Joni Mitchell Says Battle with Rare Morgellons Disease Makes Her Feel Like She’s Being ‘Eaten Alive’
Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell opens up about her private world — and why she’s shied away from the spotlight — in the new biography Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, by David Yaffe.

According to a Daily Mail report, Mitchell, 73, reveals her battle with Morgellons disease, a mysterious illness, in the new book, due Oct. 17.

“I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it’s from outer space,” she says of her illness in the book, the Dm reports. “Morgellons is a slow, unpredictable killer — a terrorist disease: it will blow up one of your organs, leaving you in bed for a year.
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Who are the two producers credited on every Batman movie?

Simon Brew Brendon Connelly Feb 14, 2017

Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker have producer credits on nearly 40 Batman films – but they only really worked on one, it seems…

If you stick around for the end credits of The Lego Batman Movie, you might notice the names of two people credited as executive producers on the picture. They are Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker. Nothing odd there, apart from the small matter of them having absolutely nothing to do with the film. To the best of our knowledge, they had no conversation with director Chris McKay and his team at any time before, during or after the production. But they did pick up a cheque and a credit for their troubles.

Having people listed as executive producers who are ‘hands off’ is nothing particularly fresh, and we looked at just what an executive producer does in this article here.

But what’s interesting
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Dylan @ 70

Updated through 5/25.

"In his nonmusical writing, the teasing, puzzling, half-nonsensical 'novel' Tarantula pales in strangeness next to the matter-of-factly autobiographical Chronicles," Ao Scott wrote last week in the New York Times. "And, similarly, while cinematically inclined Dylanophiles might want to sample the eccentricities of Renaldo and Clara or Masked and Anonymous — or the brilliantly elusive kaleidoscope of Todd Haynes's I'm Not There — the full mystery of Bob Dylan is better grasped in documentary form." That piece ran as Film Forum's double Dylan doc feature opened and, as Dylan turns 70 today, there's one night, tonight, left to catch it: Da Pennebaker's Don't Look Now (1967) — at Alt Screen, Brynn White gathers critical takes and a clip — and Murray Lerner's The Other Side of the Mirror, a "compendium of Newport Folk Festival concert footage from the early 1960s."

Don't Look Back also screens tonight at the Glasgow Film Theatre as part
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Ranked: Bob Dylan Albums From Worst to Best

AudioPlayer.setup("http://www.nerve.com/files/players/audio/player.swf", { width: 350 }); Ranked: Bob Dylan Albums From Worst to Best The author of a new Dylan biography assesses the canon. By David Yaffe Bob Dylan turns seventy today; in celebration, we're ranking his entire studio discography. Assembling the list is journalist and Professor of English at Syracuse David Yaffe, whose latest book, Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown, is just out from Yale.   32. Dylan (1973) Columbia Records threw together this album of schmaltzy outtakes as revenge on Dylan for defecting to Asylum Records. The sole highlight is a goof on Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Listen: "Big Yellow Taxi" MP3 AudioPlayer.embed("audioplayer_1", {soundFile: "/files/media/features/bob-dylan-songs/bigyellowtazi.mp3"});   31. Down in the Groove (1988) The '80s are passing Dylan by. "Silvio," co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist [...]
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