LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE - MUSIC BIO DOCUMENTARY (2019)
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice covers Ronstadt's life and career from childhood to the present day. Narrated by the singer (who otherwise appears on camera only briefly in present-day footage), she describes how she grew up in Tucson, Arizona, singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk-rock days with her first professional group, the Stone Poneys, in the late 1960s; living in Santa Monica, California; and her early days performing at the popular West Hollywood night club, the Troubadour.
Other topics covered by the film include her rise as the "queen of country rock" in the 1970s; her advocacy for women in the male-dominated music industry; her high-profile romance with California Governor Jerry Brown; and her unexpected move away from country-rock into diverse areas such as opera, the Great American Songbook, and several albums devoted to the music of her Mexican heritage.
The documentary reaches to the present day and how the onset of what was initially thought to be Parkinson's disease left her unable to sing and forced her into early retirement in 2009.
The film is illustrated with concert footage from throughout Ronstadt's career, and interviews with many of her collaborators, friends, and family members. (01:33:42)
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