Dead Blogging ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’

Well the Missus and I trundled up to the Coolidge Corner Theater yesterday to see the documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (through September 26) and say, I get the same chills from her singing as I did 50 years ago when I heard this.

 

 

From the moviehouse’s website:

In Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; a passionate advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California Governor Jerry Brown. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by friends and collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her — and the sound of her voice.

Trailer:

 

 

And just in case you’ve forgotten how absolutely riveting Linda Ronstadt’s voice was, there’s this.

 

 

And this.

 

 

The documentary also tracks Ronstadt’s foray into the Great American Songbook, her jaw-dropping performance in the Pirates of Penance, and her spirited return to her Mexican roots.

Amazing voice. Remarkable career. Terrific film.

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