Joni Mitchell: the sophistication of her music sets her apart from her peers – even Dylan

Joni Mitchell looks out a window of her Laurel Canyon home in October 1970.

As a book of interviews and box set of songs from Joni Mitchell’s career are released, long-time fan Sean O’Hagan argues that her run of five classic albums, from Blue in 1971 to Hejira in 1976, surpass the work of her more celebrated male contemporaries

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