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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

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With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Linda Ronstadt ... Herself
Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
Dolly Parton ... Herself
Emmylou Harris ... Herself
Jackson Browne ... Himself
Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur ... Herself
Don Henley ... Himself
David Geffen ... Himself
Cameron Crowe ... Himself
Aaron Neville ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Asher ... Himself
Ruben Blades Ruben Blades ... Himself
Karla Bonoff Karla Bonoff ... Herself
John Boylor John Boylor ... Himself
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
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With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.

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She broke all the rules.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and drug material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice See more »

Filming Locations:

Banamichi, Mexico

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Opening Weekend USA:

$113,235, 8 September 2019

Gross USA:

$4,211,473

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,211,473
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1.85 : 1
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While this documentary delves into Ms. Ronstadt's more prominent romantic relationships, it makes no mention of her two grown children (both adopted). This is likely due to her wish to shelter them from the spotlight. See more »

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References The Pirates of Penzance (1983) See more »

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Only The Lonely
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Music byJimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics bySammy Cahn
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To Know Her is to Love Her
14 September 2019 | by jadepietroSee all my reviews

GRADE: B+

THIS FILM IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

IN BRIEF: A very entertaining documentary that showcases one of America's most legendary musical icon's diverse legacy.

JIM'S REVIEW: It is that voice, that distinctive sound that ranges from vulnerable laments to hard rock belting that made Linda Ronstadt a musical icon. Directed with loving care by filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this documentary follows this singer's journey from her early days with The Stone Poneys to a solo career which encompassed rock, pop, country, Broadway, American standards, and traditional Mexican music. A rich and varied musical legacy unmatched by anyone else.

Back in the late sixties, while rhythm & blues, folk, pop, and country music openly celebrated the female singers of that era, rock & roll was mostly a man's world. Sure a few powerhouse female vocalists broke through and made their presence known... Janis Joplin, Grace Slick...and a young unassuming talent named Linda Ronstadt. A new documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, is a straight forward biography about this trailblazer who championed women's rights and many liberal causes. One remains in awe of this spirited singer who was more interested in facing her own vocal challenges to excel in her craft than stay the course with a successful formulaic musical career. She was unafraid to try a host of musical genres even when the record producers said no to her requests. The film showcases many of her concerts and musical performances with archival footage that captures her unmistakable artistry and determination.

The filmmakers compile some wonderful musical segments and intersperse them with praise-worthy interviews by friends and colleagues. Providing background information and exposition of Ms. Ronstadt's legendary career are: Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Asher, and Aaron Neville, to name a few. Now that's a cast of characters! Directors Mr. Epstein and Mr. Friedman craft their documentary skillfully mixing the narrative with the song lyrics so seamlessly that the end result never feels like short snippets of a performance. One savors the words and the music throughout this excellent documentary.

The film is highly entertaining with a touch of the bittersweet, as Ms. Ronstadt was forced into an early retirement due to the loss of muscle control from her on-going bout with Parkinson's disease. (There is a touching moment that shows her inner strength and willpower when she and family members sing a song together that is quite moving and brought this reviewer to tears.)

Still, like many biographies, the storytelling is conventionally presented. The beginning of the film uses Ms. Ronstadt's own narration from her 2011 memoir and her line delivery comes off as too businesslike and awkward. She sings much better than she reads. Fortunately, the filmmakers lose that approach very early and focus more on the music and comments from others to tell her backstory, which works beautifully. Another minor flaw is the avoidance of any negative information as the film skims over her diet pill addiction issues and her romantic relationships, strictly staying in line with only her musical accomplishments. (While former lover, J.D. Southern, is interviewed for the film, the absence of former Governor Jerry Brown is quite telling and a real omission to her personal story.)

For a woman who took such bold and great stride to advance her craft, the singer deserves a more fearless and daring treatment of her life story. But that is not the intent of these filmmakers (or perhaps Ms. Ronstadt herself). Instead, they create an affectionate tribute and a long-standing testament to Ms. Ronstadt's varied career choices with a myriad of her achievements (10 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations, etc.). It is a loving valentine, a warts-and-none retelling of her life and her numerous musical highlights. Just being able to see and hear her vocal interpretations to songs such as Blue Bayou or Long, Long Time or Get Closer confirms a remarkable repertoire that will last for decades to come.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice may be the sweetest sound you'll ever hear. Go see this documentary and be totally captivated by this superstar and her rich musical heritage. To know her is to love her.


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