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Name: Joni Mitchell                                                                       
Birth name: Roberta Joan Anderson                                                         
Born: 7 November 1943 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada                                     
Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian         
musician, songwriter, and painter.                                                       
Mitchell's singing began in small nightclubs and busking on the streets of               
Toronto and in her native Western Canada. She subsequently became associated             
with the burgeoning folk music scene of the mid-1960s in New York City. Mitchell         
achieved fame in the late 1960s and was considered a key part of the Southern             
California folk rock scene. Throughout the 1970s, she explored and combined the           
pop and jazz genres. Mitchell has amassed a body of work that is highly                   
respected by both critics and fellow musicians, with the influential All                 
Music Guide going as far as stating that, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell           
may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the           
late 20th century".                                                                       
Mitchell is also an accomplished visual artist. She has, through photography or           
painting, created the artwork for each of her albums and, in 2000, in an                 
interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail, described herself as a "painter               
derailed by circumstance". A blunt critic of the music industry, Mitchell had             
stopped recording over the last several years, focusing mainly on her visual art,         
but in 2007 released Shine, her first album of new songs in nine years.