Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

The Sound of My Voice

DVD - 2019
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Linda Ronstadt has been an icon for more than 50 years. Her extraordinary vocal range and ambition created unforgettable songs across rock, pop, country, folk ballads, American standards, classic Mexican music, and soul. As the most popular female recording artist of the 1970s, Ronstadt filled huge arenas as no one had ever done and produced an astounding eleven platinum albums. Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously.

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Raun
Jan 05, 2021

Five stars for Linda but only four for this documentary. I would have liked to know more about things, such as her artistic process, her personal life and her hopes for her legacy

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Courier2003
Dec 01, 2020

WOW! What a voice. She has always been a favorite of mine. I still have one of her audio tapes from long ago. Did not know she did opera. Her songs in Spanish were impressive.
The interviews with friends, fellow singers, and musicians was excellent. Has some German heritage along with Mexican.

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lavasushi
Nov 18, 2020

Documentaries are at their best when they tell a story of interesting people. I grew up loving Linda Ronstadt’s music. This is the first time I knew more about the person and her incredible journey. What a celebration of a life and music. What a cruel twist that she’s still alive, but Parkinson’s is robbing her of her gift.

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bdehler
Nov 15, 2020

Even though I grew up with Linda, I had no idea of her fantastic story. Fantastic movie of a great era.

JCLHeatherM Jul 20, 2020

Entertainer Linda Ronstadt has the unique ability to blend and transcend music genres in order to touch multiple audiences and put out the vision and style that she wants. Never accepting 'no' for an answer, Ronstadt continued to beat to her own drum, utilizing her one-of-a-kind voice to do it. After decades of performing and entertaining, Ronstadt is retired from performing, but her legacy lives on through records, video footage, and the memories that people cherish.

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MikeEe
Jul 16, 2020

What a voice! What a consummate professional. What a lovely, genuine person. Watch the movie and, as the jacket blurb says, you will fall in love with Linda Ronstradt again.

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kuhwass
Jul 13, 2020

Although I have always liked Linda Ronstadt I was surprised by just how talented and dignified and classy she really is.

If came of age in the late 60’s/70’s, you will appreciate this well done documentary.

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wjstimson
Jul 12, 2020

LOVE Linda Ronstadt. So talented and successful in every genre she chooses to enter. So sad she still cannot perform, but her legacy will live on.

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RobertKean
Mar 12, 2020

Everyone should watch this movie. Linda Ronstadt was an icon of pop/rock music, who also ventured successfully into other musical genre (country, Broadway, mariachi, big band). The movie is the story of her life and music, including a lot of interesting history of pop music in the 70's and later. It is worth watching just for the music alone, but the story is also very engaging.

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Walter724
Mar 07, 2020

I'm a huge fan of Linda Ronstadt, and I really enjoyed this film. It was interesting to see how her career started and to hear her songs throughout. I liked that Linda herself did lots of the narration in this film. I would watch this again.

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2020

I don't think that if you disagree with the policies of the government, which I do very definitely disagree with the policies of the South African government, I don't think that's enough of a reason not to go and play music there. If I did that I wouldn't be able to play in the United State because I don't agree with their policies about nuclear power, nuclear warfare. I mean, my God, we've got this person running the country that I completely disagree with. If I decided that I wasn't going to play where attitudes of racism prevailed, I certainly couldn't play in Australia or England or lots of places in the United States, a lot of places in the American South or Boston which is extremely racist. I went to South Africa, it has a fascist repressive government. I'm very interested in the culture down there. ... I don't think my political views are very controversial. Who likes nuclear warfare?

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2020

Wow! What a story!
I'm kind of a traditional Mexican myself. You know, I grew up about 40
minutes from the Mexican border, my family are Mexican, and that is my roots. That's what I came from and I have been dying to do this record (Canciones de mi Padre, songs of my father, the largest selling Spanish language album in the history of the industry) for years and years and I'm getting around to it this year. Boy, I'm going to do it. Our neighbor that lived behind us in the garage apartment was Harry Dean Stanton, great character actor and a great singer of Mexican folk songs. We would hear him up until the wee hours singing these Mexican folk songs, these canciones...

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2020

Linda could literally sing anything. I don't think anybody has tried more different styles and nailed it than Linda has. There's not that many people
that can pull off new wave music and rock and the most beautiful country ballads. Her range is huge. She decided what she wanted to do. More important what she was authentic at doing. And they always told her no,
you can't do this, you'll ruin your career. She did it anyway.
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You might starve to death or you might find yourself washing dishes and waiting tables before you ever get discovered.
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I was 18 years old. We had a house on the beach for 80 bucks a month in Santa Monica. We split the rent three ways. It was just great. It was right on the beach.

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jimg2000
Feb 13, 2020

Someone once asked why people sing. I answered that they sing for any of the same reasons birds sing. They sing for a mate. To claim their territory. Or simply to give voice to the delight of being alive in the midst of a beautiful day.
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They sing so the subsequent generations won't forget what the current generations endured or dreamed or delighted in.
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There are a lot of really good singers out in the world. A lot of better singers than I am. What I did that was different from other singers, I did a whole lot of different kinds of material. People would think that I was trying to reinvent myself but I never invented myself to start with. I just kind of popped out into the world.

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