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Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

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19 out of 19 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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13 out of 17 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 17, 2013

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    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 musicians of all time. Her stories are heartfelt and genuine. This is a great autobiography.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

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    Simple Dreams is a book rich with stories from the life and care

    Simple Dreams is a book rich with stories from the life and career of music icon Linda Ronstadt. Every page is a delight. A splendid memoir to say the least.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    I am listening to Linda being interviewed during a City Arts Lec

    I am listening to Linda being interviewed during a City Arts Lecture in San Francisco on KQED / NPR radio as I write this review. I must say I have a new found respect for her as an artist, as a woman, and just a person.
    I now understand her to be truly a musician and a musical intellectual as well. She has an inborn sense of  the wholeness of the song, but I never understood  the depth to which she would dig
    into each piece before she would sing for an audience or a recording. She wanted to understand the history, the phrasing, the meaning of the lyric, the magic of the melody, all of the elements that make a song great.
    I now see what a gift she has been to our culture. She inspires me.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Fabulous book! I highly recommend!

    Linda Ronstadt has been one of my very favorite singers. I could not put down this book; full of interesting details about the development of her stellar musical career. It would have been nice to see pictures of her mother and father and siblings, however. Would like her to write a sequel --- this time getting more personal and up close about her relationships and why she never married. Wishing Linda good health in the upcoming years.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

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    LINDA was hands down my lip-synch idol all through college, whet

    LINDA was hands down my lip-synch idol all through college, whether I was happy or sad. Saw Linda at Florida Field in Gainesville. She was rocking some red heart sunglasses a shiny blue baseball jacket and boots--the coolest girl EvER! Always will be! This 52 year old "girl" has you all over my ipod. Keep healthy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    A beautifully written book. It's like having a behind-the-scene

    A beautifully written book. It's like having a behind-the-scenes look into a great period of popular music. Linda obviously loves her craft and does a wonderful job telling her musical story. I honestly don't want to hear about her love life. Her music is her story and she has a lot to say about it. Ronstadt's journey put her in the middle of everything in the late 60s and into the 70s. She studies her craft and took her musical journey seriously, and we are all benefitting from this. A great read. I didn't want it to end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Leilani

    I love mexican music and when my mom put Linda Ronstandt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Of all the music legends memoirs that I've read, Linda's is by f

    Of all the music legends memoirs that I've read, Linda's is by far the best writer. I thoroughly enjoyed the book (even though it was not "kiss and tell, as many folks wanted it to be.) It gives the unique perspective of a young woman coming up in the music business (and does not detail all the "monkey business" ) as a singer and performer. Though it sounds like there was always some slick music biz exec. waiting to take advantage of her (either personally or musically), she was able to build a career on her own terms. When you see her catalog of albums in the 70's it is incredible how she was able to record and tour every single year, as she did. Like many others, I was a huge fan yet I stilled learned many interesting things that i did not know. Reading this book prompted me to revisit her music all over again, which was especially enjoyable. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

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    Took me Back to the 60's

    Always loved her music, seen her twice in small concert settings in the 70's, well written, full of rock and roll tidbits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    She'll get your attention. Much fun in reading.

    Definitely a name dropper but certainly not a tell all scandal. Linda remains the girl next door, whose gone on to do well. A collection of the best of her numerous musical genre ventures would be an appropriate follow up to this book. She demonstrates she is a person who can follow her dream and leaves no doubt you can too.

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