LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
12:30 2:30 4:40 7:00 9:15
MUST END THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3!
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, 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 – with songs like “You’re No Good,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Blue Bayou” -- Ronstadt filled huge arenas and produced an astounding eleven Platinum albums. Ronstadt was the first artist to top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts simultaneously, she won 10 Grammy ® Awards on 26 nominations and attained a level of stardom the Tucson native never could have imagined. 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 incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by 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.
USA 2019 95 MINS. GREENWICH ENTERTAINMENT / 1091 / CNN FILMS
“The inimitable Linda Ronstadt gets her exquisite turn. Resplendent with archival material. Beautiful but bittersweet: it captures Ronstadt’s spirit and essence in a manner that feels overdue and essential. Makes a succinct, powerful case for Ronstadt’s status as a twentieth-century music icon.”
– Allison Hussey, Billboard
“Tells the enthralling story of one of the most powerful women in the history of pop music. Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Karla Bonoff, and Bonnie Raitt provide testimonials to Ronstadt’s independence and her extraordinary chops. Linda Ronstadt had a voice so majestic that, amid the hurly-burly of the 1970s, it soared above everything around it. It was a voice as clear as a bell, as charged as an engine, and one that expressed so much, a voice that could love, fight, caress, declare, cajole, wound, and heal. A voice that turned power into splendor.”
– Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“A welcome reminder of Ronstadt’s can-do-anything spirit... proves just how underrated she is.”
– Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Pitchfork
“Will make you fall in love with her all over again. Provide(s) many examples of the glorious vocals that made its subject a pop music superstar… will delight the singer’s old fans and likely make her many new ones as well.”
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“With performance footage that will knock your socks off... the archival footage is deep and revealing. THE SOUND OF MY VOICE is the perfect title for a film that expertly captures why Ronstadt was such a unique performer — a voice that could lend itself to any form of music she tried.”
– Pete Hammond, Deadline