01 November 2023, The Tablet

Songs of praise


Radio

 

Legend: The Joni Mitchell Story
BBC Radio 4

Popular music biography on BBC Radio usually inclines to the cheap-and-cheerful plaudits of the Radio 2 encomiasts. Legend, on the other hand, has been conceived on the grand scale. This inaugural attempt on the life and work of Joni Mitchell (pictured at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970) runs to six episodes (2 November to 7 December), brings together the widest possible array of friends, fellow musicians and musicologists, while – ­reanimating the spectre of the Radio 2 glad-handers – laying it on with a trowel.

 

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