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Joni Mitchell: "Blue" Turns Fifty

Apr 8, 2021

Joni Mitchell's album ">turns fifty this year. It may not have the artistic sophistication of her later albums, but Mitchell's vulnerability endeared her to fans, if not early critics unused to such intimate storytelling. That was okay with Mitchell. She said her "music is not designed to grab instantly. It's designed to wear for a lifetime, to hold up like a fine cloth."

She was right. Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Blue" the third greatest album of all time on its 2020 list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time," a move up from number thirty-three in 2017.   

We talk with musicians and critics about the album "Blue" and more.


  • Peter Kaminsky is a professor of Music Theory and Associate Department Head of Undergraduate Studies at UConn  
  • Steve Metcalf is a journalist, music critic, pianist and composer. He’s currently Director Emeritus of Presidents’ College at the University of Hartford 
  • Carolann Solebello is a singer-songwriter and a founding member of the Americana trio “Red Molly.” She tours with the folk quartet “No Fuss and Feathers.” She’s a proud member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters Exchange

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.