Songstress Joni Mitchell is hos­pi­tal­ized in Los An­ge­les

The China Post - - ARTS -

Joni Mitchell was hos­pi­tal­ized in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Twit­ter ac­count and web­site of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, but de­tails on her con­di­tion have not been re­leased.

“Joni has been hos­pi­tal­ized,” said a state­ment on the Mitchell web­site. “We are await­ing of­fi­cial word on her con­di­tion and will post it here as soon as we know.”

Los An­ge­les fire of­fi­cials said paramedics an­swered an af­ter­noon 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and took a pa­tient to the hos­pi­tal. But they could not ver­ify her iden­tity.

The 71-year-old singer-song­writer told Bill­board mag­a­zine in De­cem­ber that she has a rare skin con­di­tion, Morgel­lons dis­ease, which pre­vents her from per­form­ing. Still, she re­leased a ca­reerspan­ning four-disc box set last year and ap­peared at Clive Davis’ an­nual pre-Grammy party in Fe­bru­ary.

Mitchell has re­ceived eight Grammy Awards, in­clud­ing a life­time achieve­ment award in 2002. She was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

She started her ca­reer as a street mu­si­cian in her na­tive Canada be­fore mov­ing to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where she be­came part of the flour­ish­ing folk scene in the late 1960s. Her sec­ond al­bum, “Clouds,” was a break­through with such songs as “Both Sides Now” and “Chelsea Morn­ing,” win­ning Mitchell the Grammy for best folk per­for­mance. Her 1970 al­bum, “Ladies of the Canyon,” fea­tured the hit sin­gle “Big Yel­low Taxi” and the era-defin­ing “Wood­stock.” The fol­low­ing year, she re­leased “Blue,” which ranks 30th on Rolling Stone mag­a­zine’s list of the “500 Great­est Al­bums of All Time.”

Mitchell has re­leased 19 orig­i­nal al­bums, the most re­cent in 2007. The an­thol­ogy re­leased last year, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quar­tet, A Ballet, Wait­ing to Be Danced,” fea­tures re­mas­tered ver­sions of 53 of her songs.

Her mu­si­cal style in­te­grates folk and jazz el­e­ments, and she counts jazz gi­ants Charles Min­gus and Pat Metheny among her past col­lab­o­ra­tors.

As with mu­sic, Mitchell taught her­self paint­ing as a child and has pro­duced hun­dreds of works in ink, wa­ter­color and acrylic.

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