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Simple Dreams

A Musical Memoir

Ronstadt, Linda

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Simple Dreams
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 1451668732
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Characteristics: x, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,22 cm

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Jun 12, 2014
  • universalPuppy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. Yes it may seem that she is a name dropper at times, and no, you do not get every little detail of what was happening in her personal life. But, she commuicates what makes her tick - family, music & good loyal friends. If you are only into Ms. Ronstadt, than this book may not be enough to satisfy your expectations, but if you love music whatever the genre, you will love this book. Some of the best passages are those where she describes music or picks out the earlier music that influenced a modern day musician/songwriter.

Disappointing. She has long been one of my favorite singers, but, in this book anyway, she comes across as being very shallow. Other than a few childhood stories (the pony stuff) at the beginning of the book, there is nothing revealing about the person at all. No personal information--only 2 times does she even mention that she has a son, her daughter gets a single sentence! The liner notes of any of her albums make for a more interesting read.

Wow, what an amazing life Linda Ronstadt has had! In a career that spans almost half a century, she has sung rock, opera, American standards with an orchestra, country, blues, and Mexican rancheras with a mariachi band!. Along the way she has performed, jammed, hung out and/or formed friendships with a range of musicians including Jim Morrison, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Rosemary Clooney - to name just a few.

This memoir is not particularly well-written and it doesn't reveal much personal information (like the names and ages of her children, her significant others, etc.) Instead, it focuses almost exclusively on her experiences as a singer and the development of her vocal talents and her appreciation of an ever-expanding range of music. I appreciated the fact that it’s not a “kiss-and-tell” and that she doesn’t attempt to “settle any scores”. (In fact, she goes to pains to portray most of the people mentioned in a positive light.) At the same time, it would have improved the book if she had provided more insight into herself as a person, not just as a musician.

"Singer Linda Ronstadt has led an amazingly normal life for someone so talented and successful. Recalling her childhood in Arizona and her family's musical heritage, her early singing work, her award-winning solo career, and her collaboration and friendships with such musicians as Rubén Fuentes, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris, Simple Dreams focuses on music and what it means to Ronstadt. She discusses her reasons for choosing different paths, some of which her friends considered too risky but most of which brought her personal satisfaction and popular and critical acclaim. This engaging and illuminating memoir will please fans of Ronstadt and anyone interested in contemporary music history." Biography and Memoir November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=701378

Oct 11, 2013
  • rowanquincy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I almost gave up on this book as the beginning was so tedious - way too much on her childhood and pony. Once it got into her singing career it got more interesting and I liked the way she described how she approached her songs. Very little on the personal side, and a sparse read, only 200 pages. I expected more.

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Jan 21, 2014
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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