Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

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9781442367579: Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

Linda 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.

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Review:

“Engaging and interesting. . . . entirely winning.” (Jonathan Yardley Washington Post)

“True to her subtitle, Ms. Ronstadt delivers a life story stitched to the sails of her eclectic musical voyaging. . . . She has found another way to tell a story: through this winning and informative book, in which her intelligence, passion, humor and commitment shine forth from every page.” (Tom Nolan Wall Street Journal)

“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)

"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)

"Musical memories galore." (Boston Globe)

“A personable and engagingly written memoir... consistently interesting.” (Kirkus)

“A well-written glimpse into musical history as it was being made by Ronstadt and her peers.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author:

Linda Ronstadt is the 11-time Grammy-winning singer of a number of rock and country standards. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

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