Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings

Joni Mitchell fans who are still sulking because they weren't among the hundred friends to whom she gave a collection of her drawings and handwritten song lyrics over the 1971 holiday season can perk up: they can finally own a copy. In Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, the lyrics to 60-odd Mitchell songs--"Big Yellow Taxi" and "River" among them--are reproduced in her lilting cursive alongside 30-something moody, full-size drawings in color and black-and-white. Subjects include homey scenes (various dining rooms) and familiar faces (Graham Nash, Neil Young). In an introduction written for this edition, Mitchell says that she created the book because in 1971, "all my friends were kind of nouveau riche, so buying Christmas presents was going to be really difficult." This year's holiday shoppers will find nothing difficult about choosing a gift for the Mitchell fans on their list. --Nell Beram, author and freelance writer

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