Among her many career highlights was a memorable evening set Joni Mitchell performed at the Isle of Wight in 1970, and on September 14, Eagle Vision will commemorate the event with a special DVD/Blu-ray/digital release.
Titled Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, the event encapsulated an era: The revered singer/songwriter taking the stage in a decidedly tense atmosphere, as protesters opposed to the consumerism of the festival set up shop nearby and were making their thoughts heard.
From the press release:
In 1970, the Isle of Wight Festival was one of the largest musical events of its time. Bigger than Woodstock, and controversial from the get-go, hundreds of thousands of people descended on the island. Many of those without tickets set up camp on a hill overlooking the festival site, opposing the consumerism of the event and intent on “taking the music back” by any means necessary. It was a celebration of hippy counter culture gone awry, and in Joni’s words “they fed me to the beast.”
Preview it below:
The track listing from Mitchell’s triumphant performance:
1) “That Song About The Midway”
2) “Chelsea Morning”
3) “For Free”
5) “My Old Man”
7) “Big Yellow Taxi”
8) “Both Sides Now”
11) “A Case Of You”
A song from Mitchell’s timeless catalog is featured in our Top 11 Songs About Opposites, which you can enjoy here if you have not yet already done so.