Joni Mitchell’s personal book of handwritten words and paintings to be released to public

The 1971 collection was previously only given out to the singer's friends

Joni Mitchell is set to release a personal book of lyrics, poetry, and paintings, it has been announced.

The book was originally penned by the iconic singer-songwriter back in 1971. Titled Morning Glory on the Vine, the rare collection of handwritten words was limited to 100 copies and gifted to Mitchell’s close friends.

Now, it has been revealed that the works will be available to fans for the first time. It will arrive on October 22 via publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Describing the upcoming new version of Morning Glory on the Vine, a post on Mitchell’s official website reads: “In this faithfully reproduced facsimile edition, Joni’s best-loved lyrics and poems spill across the pages in her own elegant script.

“The lively, full-colour watercolour paintings depict a superb array of landscapes, still-lifes, portraits of friends, self-portraits, innovative abstractions, and more. All the paintings from the original book are included, along with several additional works that Joni had intended to include for her friends in 1971.”

Morning Glory on the Vine will also open with a new original introduction written by Mitchell herself.

The news of the book follows the release of tribute album, ‘Joni 75’. Arriving on Friday (March 8), the special LP contains live renditions of Mitchell’s songs from the likes of Norah Jones, James Taylor, and Seal.

In November last year, Joni Mitchell made a rare public appearance as she celebrated her 75th birthday. The Canadian artist attended the tribute concert in Los Angeles, where the likes of Chaka Khan and Rufus Wainwright performed.

Back in 2017, Mitchell revealed that she had been “particularly moved by Chance the Rapper and Mary J. Blige’s [pre-Grammy Gala] performances” after she attended the event.

Joni Mitchell has kept a low profile since suffering an aneurysm in early 2015.