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Joni Mitchell's Blue, which turns 50 years old on Tuesday, is an inquiry into personal storytelling, a document of the process of sharing heartache that changes every time someone hears it. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Her Kind Of Blue: Joni Mitchell's Masterpiece At 50

How do we understand Blue in the 21st century? Can we think of Mitchell's 1971 album, long considered the apex of confessional songwriting, as a paradigm not of raw emotion, but of care and craft?

Joni Mitchell's Blue, which turns 50 years old on Tuesday, is an inquiry into personal storytelling, a document of the process of sharing heartache that changes every time someone hears it. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Her Kind Of Blue: Joni Mitchell's Masterpiece At 50

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Taja Cheek, who records as L'Rain, performing on May 12, 2019 in Arcosanti, Ariz. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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L'Rain's Latest Album 'Fatigue' Explores The Power Of Change

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