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Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

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20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Linda Ronstadt is a cultural icon. Her influence on the music wo

Linda Ronstadt is a cultural icon. Her influence on the music world is incredible. In this autobiography she shares he childhood experiences in music. She then details her move to Southern California and how she went on to become one of the most successful female musici...
Linda Ronstadt is a cultural icon. Her influence on the music world is incredible. In this autobiography she shares he childhood experiences in music. She then details her move to Southern California and how she went on to become one of the most successful female musicians of all time. Her stories are heartfelt and genuine. This is a great autobiography.

posted by Anonymous on September 17, 2013

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14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I can't help but think that the many positive reviews I've been

I can't help but think that the many positive reviews I've been reading are written by people who have confused their admiration for
Ronstadt as a performer and as a person with the quality of her memoir. I am about as enthusiastic Linda Ronstadt fan as you'll find,
bu...
I can't help but think that the many positive reviews I've been reading are written by people who have confused their admiration for
Ronstadt as a performer and as a person with the quality of her memoir. I am about as enthusiastic Linda Ronstadt fan as you'll find,
but this book is, frankly, awful.
It pains me to write this. I have waited for this book since I learned of its inception. I own her albums, I've gone to many a Ronstadt
concert. "Simple Dreams" is very light in the details and a slim volume of anything at all new. If you've been a fan of Ronstadt over
the years - as I have, most assuredly - you will know pretty much all of what she has to offer here.
Over the years, she had admitted to and discussed her various boyfriends, both long-term and short term in articles and interviews.
It's kind of incongruous to now refer to these relationships as "sweethearts" and "keeping company" (Jerry Brown). It's almost too
Victorian and almost feministically backward for a woman her age and with her long career highlights. Although she says the book
is not about her personal life but about the music, she was at one time engaged to a music producer while working on her Cajun
music projects (no mention of him) and before that, was involved with other musicians (Lowell George of Little Feat, for one).
She recorded her music for a period of time while involved with George Lucas as Skywalker Ranch. He wanted to marry her. This
sudden demureness doesn't make sense and sounds phony.
Her children appear from almost out of nowhere, and I'm sure her readers would like to know more about them, not intimate details
(I understand Ronstadt's need for family privacy), but how she came to be a mother. This topic is skipped over almost to the point of
being insulting to her son and daughter. She talks more about her childhood pony.
I really do wish Ronstadt well, and I do hope she follows up this very tenuous volume with her life after a diagnosis of Parkinson's
Disease. There is more to tell, and her fans are interested.

posted by CupCaked on September 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    I didnt want it to end

    I have been a fan of Linda Ronstadt for 40 years and truly enjoyed the book. My only complaint is that it was too short! I felt like there are so many more stories to be told by Linda... maybe a part 2 is in order?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Worthwhile!

    As a long-time fan of Linda's talent and the majority of her musical directions, I gained new respect for her courage and passion to follow her dreams. Kudos to this bright and very classy lady who chose to share much about her choices and growth in her chosen field without exposing every relationship and ugly detail of the music/drug scenes of the sixties, seventies and eighties. Several other music autobiographies go into nauseating detail about many of the same artists she mentions, if that is what you are looking for. There are many places to find speculation about her personal life, but buying her book or her music does not entitle anyone to intimate details that she does not wish to share. "Simple Dreams" is well and clearly written and worth reading for its insights into Linda's character and knowledge of the business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    A bio of her musical life - not her whole life - recommended for music geeks

    You have to be somewhat of a music geek to enjoy this book, which I am - and I still don't know half the people she talks about, but I have been a Linda Ronstadt fan since the early 70's. I find the good stuff that went on behind the scenes - the all night jam sessions, recording others' songs, etc. to be fascinating. I have not finished the book yet, but have trouble putting it down. If you like Linda, and want to know more about some of the workings of the record industry and what it's like to be on the road doing concerts all year, you will enjoy this easy read!

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