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Simple Dreams

A Musical Memoir

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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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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.
Product Details
Hardcover (256 pages)
Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781451668728
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  • Sueños Sencillos

    Sueños Sencillos
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    Al rastrear la cronología de su extraordinaria vida, Linda Ronstadt, una artista cuya carrera ha abarcado cinco décadas e incluye una amplia gama de estilos musicales, se entreteje una historia cautivante de sus orígenes en Tucson, Arizona, y su ascenso a la fama en la escena musical del sur de California de los años sesenta y setenta. Nacida en una familia de músicos, la infancia de Linda estuvo llena de música que iba desde Gilbert y Sullivan a la música popular mexicana, al jazz y a la ópera. Su curiosidad artística fue precoz, y ella y sus hermanos comenzaron a tocar su música a cualquiera que quisiera escucharlos. Ahora, en este libro de memorias maravillosamente escritas, Ronstadt cuenta la historia de su viaje musical amplio y completamente único. Ronstadt llegó a Los Ángeles cuando el movimiento folk-rock estaba empezando a florecer, preparando así el escenario para el desarrollo del country-rock. Como parte del círculo de artistas afines que tocaron en el famoso club Troubadour en West Hollywood, ella contribuyó a definir el estilo musical que dominó la música mexicana y estadounidense en la década de 1970. Una de sus primeras bandas de respaldo pasó a convertirse en los Eagles, y Linda se volvió en la artista femenina más exitosa de la década. En Sueños Sencillos, Ronstadt revela el viaje ecléctico y fascinante que condujo a su éxito duradero, incluyendo algunas historias detrás de muchas de sus queridas canciones. Y describe todo con una voz tan hermosa como la que cantó “Heart Like a Wheel”: de un modo nostálgico, elegante y auténtico.

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