Linda Ronstadt: On Record

Photo by Jim Shea The slim 200 pages of text in Linda Ronstadt’s 2014 autobiography is an overview of the iconic singer’s eclectic and wildly successful four-decade musical career; an arc spanning 1967’s Stone Pony’s hit “Different Drum” to 2006’s swansong Adieu False Heart. She’s back in the spotlight with a recently unearthed 1980 live album. The celebrated American singer’s stunning voice -- arguably the finest of her generation -- has been tragically silenced by Parkinson’s disease.  Its effects limit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s speaking time, but our short conversation provided fascinating career insights and articulate, well-informed opinions about everything from incarceration to music in schools. Tell me about your input into the live album. Did you choose the songs? Why only pick 12 out of the 20 you sang at that show? I edited some out. I think we were limited to a certain number of tracks because of the publishing. The record company deals with that. I love singing but I don’t like listening back except in the studio where I could change things. When I hear something that’s frozen [in time], it makes me nervous. I vaguely listened to it, then ran into…

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