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Search my Subject Specializations: Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: In her next album, Don Juan's Restless Daughter , Whitesell argues, the versatility of Mitchell as an artist was apparent in the disparity and duality of her music and themes.

Alternating between real and imaginative spaces, Mitchell explores themes of recklessness, challenging her listeners to find coherence within the discordant nature of the music. The tribute recording is hardly the final word on Mitchell, and Whitesell argues that Mitchell's music is part of an ongoing conversation.

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Thus, the music professor does not perceive his book as definitive on Mitchell's life and work. Although Whitesell is obviously an admirer of Mitchell, he attempts to maintain the distance of an observant professor in most of his prose, formulating what he considers to be more objective and standardized qualities of musical evaluation.

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Accordingly, the book delves into music theory, and readers who have little formal musical training or do not read music may struggle with sections of the book dealing with concepts such as polytonality. Also, readers seeking a more biographical treatment of Mitchell or an analysis of how her music serves as a reflection of American culture may be disappointed with Whitesell's volume.

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In addition, Whitesell assumes a degree of familiarity with Mitchell's body of work, and the songs are approached in a topical rather than chronological fashion. Anyone seeking an introduction to the life and work of Mitchell would do better to consult works such as Karen O'Brien's Joni Mitchell: It's truly refreshing to read serious, academic criticism of a popular musician.

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Whitesell never masks his admiration of Joni Mitchell, but neither is he overawed by the artist. The discussion of Joni Yet despite her reputation, influence, and cultural importance, a detailed appraisal of her musical achievement is still lacking. Whitesell presents a through exploration of Mitchell's musical style, sound, and structure Oxford University Press Bolero Ozon.