Joni Mitchell’s First Husband joining Biographer for Discussion Dec. 3

Joni Mitchell’s First Husband joining Biographer for Discussion Dec. 3

 

BIRMINGHAM– Music writer Susan Whitall, along with special guest Chuck Mitchell, will discuss her new book, “Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell.” The event will be hosted at the Baldwin Public Library on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.

In her book, Whitall shares interviews with Mitchell spanning the years 1966 to 2014 that paint a revealing picture of her life and work and includes her early years spent in Canada and Detroit.

“The Detroit folk-rock scene of the 1960’s is too often overlooked, in terms of Detroit music, so I’m looking forward to talking with Chuck Mitchell about those years that he and Joni were ‘Detroit’s favorite folk singers,’ as their ad in the Chess Mate put it,” said Whitall. “Traveling artists including Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young would stay in their apartment on Ferry at Cass, and they took Joni’s songs with them around the country. You could make a case that without Detroit, there would be no Joni Mitchell as we know her.”

“We are delighted to have Susan Whitall return to Baldwin with her very special guest, Chuck Mitchell,” said Maria Williams, Head of Adult Services. “An acclaimed music writer, Susan is also a charismatic speaker and attending one of her talks always feels like a great, long chat with old friends about all your favorite music. Joni Mitchell has legions of fans in the Detroit area, but relatively few are familiar with the pivotal time she and Chuck spent here in the 1960s. We look forward to learning more about this icon of American music at this very special event.”

Advance registration is requested and can be done by visiting baldwinlib.org/events or calling 248-554-4650. Oak Park independent bookseller Book Beat will be selling copies of Ms. Whitall’s book.

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website (www.baldwinlib.org) has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.

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