Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 17, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 242 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - pennsylady - LibraryThing

★ ★ ★ This autobi is true to title. It revolves around the musical career of Linda Ronstadt. I appreciated the close look at her career and those instrumental to it. However, I found it strangely ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

I hate to say it but I just didn't like it. Very impersonal, lots of technical music jargon, but nothing about her personal life, her children. She says "My father called and told me my mother died ... Read full review

Contents

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Tucson
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Canciones deMiPadre
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Hart Street Going Solo California Country Rock The Eagles
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Cry Like a Rainstorm
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Beachwood Drive Neil Young Tour Emmylou
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Peter Asher
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Heart Like a Wheel
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Malibu
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Jerry Wexler and the
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Nelson Riddle
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About the author (2013)

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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