A Musical Memoir
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In this memoir, iconic singer Linda Ronstadt weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Tracing the timeline of her remarkable life, Linda Ronstadt, whose forty-five year career has encompassed a wide array of musical styles, weaves together a captivating story of her origins in Tucson, Arizona, and her rise to stardom in the Southern California music scene of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Linda Ronstadt was born into a musical family, and her childhood was filled with everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to Mexican folk music to jazz and opera. Her artistic curiosity blossomed early, and she and her siblings began performing their own music for anyone who would listen. Now, in this beautifully crafted memoir, Ronstadt tells the story of her wide-ranging and utterly unique musical journey.
Ronstadt arrived in Los Angeles just as the folkrock movement was beginning to bloom, setting the stage for the development of country-rock. As part of the coterie of like-minded artists who played at the famed Troubadour club in West Hollywood, she helped define the musical style that dominated American music in the 1970s. One of her early backup bands went on to become the Eagles, and Linda went on to become the most successful female artist of the decade.
In Simple Dreams, Ronstadt reveals the eclectic and fascinating journey that led to her long-lasting success, including stories behind many of her beloved songs. And she describes it all in a voice as beautiful as the one that sang “Heart Like a Wheel”—longing, graceful, and authentic.
Publishers Weekly Review
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SIMPLE DREAMS-Awesome musical memoir
I loved this book. I'll probably read it again in a few weeks.
Linda is a national treasure and so glad she still can inspire us all even after her diagnosis.
Linda, you are truly an inspiration. Thank you for the music and for your memoir.
I grew up and came of age listening to Linda Ronstadt's music. I bought every album she produced. Some of it I liked more than others, but never did she disappoint me. She set a high bar that even today no other performer has yet to reach. The only time she let me down was when she, in interviews, dismissed all those albums and hits from her heyday in the mid to late 70's-these we're the albums and songs that made her a star and ones that resonated most with me. This book was great in that it gives you a peek into the mind of the performer and the motivation behind her singing. She teases us with just a little of the 70's "Queen of Rock" bit, I just wish she would have opened up the door a bit more and told us more about the songs and albums from that period - the songs that meant so much to me growing up (and still do.)
A delightful look at the artistry of Linda Ronstadt's entire career. Has there ever been a more complete singer? From childhood influences that led to folk, to country, to rock, to pop, to opera, to the Great American Songbook, to Ranchera, to Afro-Cuban, to jazz, and some genres I'm forgetting . . . and those amazing musical partnerships with the likes of Emmylou, Dolly, JD Souther, and others: it's all in here. Just a fascinating read at how a most versatile artist pulled it all off and kept it all together. Loved every word of it. Written by the artist who lived each page, it's an incredible journey told by an able storyteller who has done it all musically.