Rock Hall Film Series Shows Joni Mitchell 1970 Live Concert Documentary

Wed 3/20 @ 7PM

If you love Joni Mitchell — and there’s a lot to love in her lengthy and diverse career, you’ll want to catch Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 at the Rock Hall. They say it’s in honor of International Women’s Month, but the famously cantankerous Mitchell would probably hate that.

The film depicts the then-26-year-old Mitchell at a key moment in her career: with three albums under her belt and an image as a typical long-haired, barefoot bohemian folk girl with an acoustic guitar, she had already begun to work on the songs that would appear on her 1971 album Blue, which signaled that she had far greater musical ambitions.

It captures a two-plus-hour performance by Mitchell at British Isle of Wight Festival, one of the world’s major counterculture festivals from 1968-1970, where she performed solo with just guitar and piano and received a mixed reaction from the vast audience.

After the screening, Eliot Kissikeff, who worked on the film with director Murray Lerner (who died in 2017 at the age of 90), will lead a discussion and Q&A.

Tickets are $5.50.

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