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Both sides

New biographies of Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot illuminate similar career trajectories, but with varying success

MUSIC

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

David Yaffe

HarperCollins

Lightfoot

Nicholas Jennings

Viking Canada

HOW DOES a biographer say something new and insightful about well-known public figures who have already had large dollops of ink spilled on their behalf? Authors David Yaffe and Nicholas Jennings take distinctly different approaches to that task in their new biographies about groundbreaking Canadian singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot.

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