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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. Born into a musical family, Linda's childhood was filled with everything from Hank Williams to Gilbert and Sullivan, 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, twelve Grammy Awards later, Ronstadt tells the story of her wide-ranging and utterly unique musical journey.

Ronstadt arrived in Los Angeles just as the folk-rock movement was beginning to bloom, setting the stage for the development of country-rock. After the dissolution of her first band, the Stone Poneys, Linda went out on her own and quickly found success. As part of the coterie of like-minded artists who played at the Troubadour club in West Hollywood, she helped define the musical style that dominated American music in the 1970s. One of her early back-up bands went on to become the Eagles, and Linda would become the most successful female artist of the decade. She has sold more than 100 million records, won numerous awards, and toured all over the world. Linda has collaborated with legends such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Aaron Neville, J.D. Souther, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Bette Midler, and Frank Sinatra, as well as Homer Simpson and Kermit the Frog. By the time she retired in 2009, Ronstadt had spent four decades as one of the most popular singers in the world, becoming the first female artist in popular music to release four consecutive platinum albums.

In Simple Dreams, Ronstadt reveals the eclectic and fascinating journey that led to her long-lasting success. And she describes it all in a voice as beautiful as the one that sang "Heart Like a Wheel" — longing, graceful, and authentic.

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"Born in 1946 in Tucson, Ariz., Ronstadt counted among her relatives a grandfather who wrote an arrangement of Pirates of Penzance generations before she starred in it on Broadway, and an aunt whose collection of folk songs, Canciones de me Padre, would lend its title to Ronstadt's first Spanish-language album. As a kid, she listened to opera at her grandparents' house and mariachi rancheras on Mexican radio, and she harmonized with her siblings while singing Hank Williams songs. All this resulted in Ronstadt's gift for musical genealogy and an almost scholarly dedication to learning the music of different cultures, combined with an insatiable desire to emulate what she heard. Reading Simple Dreams, one sees why its author, a perpetual student of her craft, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music: the book is a well-written glimpse into musical history as it was being made by Ronstadt and her peers. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"For anyone fascinated by the cross-pollination of musical talent in Los Angeles' buzzing pre-corporate rock scene, Ronstadt's front-row seat offers a prime view....While this bird can no longer sing, on the page she can still fly." USA Today

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"Engaging and interesting...entirely winning." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

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"Ronstadt revisits, with a mixture of fine-grained insight and personal modesty, one of the most remarkable and wide-ranging singing careers in the last century of American popular music." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Musical memories galore." Boston Globe

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"A personable and engagingly written memoir...consistently interesting." Kirkus

About the Author

Linda Ronstadt has received twelve Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Emmy Award, as well as several Tony and Golden Globe nominations. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

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rabbani, November 12, 2013 (view all comments by rabbani)
At first I had to get used to the rhythm of her writing. At first I thought this book may be about vanity. And then I got it - her direct style is the way she thinks and I started to understand that she was going to share her story - the way she sees it; not in any way we expect. Just like her records - her own way, a mix of styles - jumping around at times in a way that ultimately makes sense.

This memoir manages to tell us about Linda Ronstadt's life as a musician, and how the realization of her dreams for herself came about, musically. Not a gratuitous tell-all about lovers and the like, but a woman making sense of how she applied her passions and professional life to generate the diverse musical discography she is known for.

Always a fan - even more of a fan now. Starting to rebuild my library of her work.
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jamesjowens1, July 29, 2013 (view all comments by jamesjowens1)
I haven't read the book yet but I want to read it as soon as it's available! I gave Simple Dreams a Musical Memoir, a 5 rating in advance because Linda Ronstadt has always been my favorite singer since the very beginning of her career. Everything she has done thus far has been great and I will find her story so interesting as I am a huge fan of hers and can't wait to read it!! I'm sure that Linda's memoir will be a great read for all of her fans!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451668728
Subtitle:
A Musical Memoir
Author:
Ronstadt, Linda
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Publication Date:
20130917
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.38 x 5.62 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Born in 1946 in Tucson, Ariz., Ronstadt counted among her relatives a grandfather who wrote an arrangement of Pirates of Penzance generations before she starred in it on Broadway, and an aunt whose collection of folk songs, Canciones de me Padre, would lend its title to Ronstadt's first Spanish-language album. As a kid, she listened to opera at her grandparents' house and mariachi rancheras on Mexican radio, and she harmonized with her siblings while singing Hank Williams songs. All this resulted in Ronstadt's gift for musical genealogy and an almost scholarly dedication to learning the music of different cultures, combined with an insatiable desire to emulate what she heard. Reading Simple Dreams, one sees why its author, a perpetual student of her craft, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music: the book is a well-written glimpse into musical history as it was being made by Ronstadt and her peers. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "For anyone fascinated by the cross-pollination of musical talent in Los Angeles' buzzing pre-corporate rock scene, Ronstadt's front-row seat offers a prime view....While this bird can no longer sing, on the page she can still fly."
"Review" by , "Engaging and interesting...entirely winning."
"Review" by , "Ronstadt revisits, with a mixture of fine-grained insight and personal modesty, one of the most remarkable and wide-ranging singing careers in the last century of American popular music."
"Review" by , "Musical memories galore."
"Review" by , "A personable and engagingly written memoir...consistently interesting."
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