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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

This film documents the long and successful career of Linda Ronstadt, whose career was cut short in the late 2000s when she came down with Parkinson’s disease and lost the ability to control her voice. I loved the movie. I was a fan from the first time I remember hearing “You’re No Good”. I loved that she could sing and make a song her own in nearly every genre; the film takes us through her explorations of rock and folk-rock, country, new wave, jazz, and classical using concert footage and interviews with the musicians with whom she sang. One of the people interviewed called her the Beyonce of her time, and I think she truly was. There is a great interview where she talks about what it was like to be a female lead of all-male bands and how few frontwomen there were at the time. For those who lived with her through all of her different music styles, and for those who have never heard of Linda Ronstadt, this is a wonderful film to see and to gain a clearer understanding, if in hindsight, about what a truly gifted artist she was. And I LOVED the end, which gives a special treat. Big thumbs up from me. (2019; 4.5 stars)

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