Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir - Linda Ronstadt Psst...This book is now available, September 17.Excellent interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air: http://tunein.com/radio/Linda-Ronstadt---Fresh-Air-Sep-17-2013-p542563/I've been in love with Linda Ronstadt's voice since I first heard her belt out “You're No Good” through the earpiece of my transistor radio back in junior high. After reading this memoir, I've fallen in love with Linda as a person. What a gracious, level-headed, gentle, modest lady she is. And if she didn't already have enough talents, we can now add writing to her list of creative abilities. The entire book has a mellow vibe. Even the unpleasant events are related with equanimity and with generosity toward those who wronged her. The subtitle of the book is “a musical memoir,” and she does limit what she shares about her personal life. This is not an autobiography in the traditional sense of the word. After the opening chapters about her upbringing in Arizona, the rest of her story stays focused on the evolution of her musical career. Linda doesn't dish a lot about the people who have shared her life. There are only two brief mentions of Jerry Brown, with whom she had a highly publicized relationship. Likewise, there are only a few sentences about her children, and she never uses their names. Everything else is about the music, but there are plenty of entertaining and unsettling stories to keep things lively. The seeds of Linda's musical versatility are rooted in her childhood, where the various generations of her family enjoyed everything from classical to mariachi music. Her huge success came from a combination of talent, flexibility, and being in all the right places in an era when country, rock, and folk music were merging and evolving into something new. She always returned to her roots when deciding on a new musical project. From Pirates of Penzance to great American standards to songs in Spanish, she writes “the music I heard...before I was ten provided me with material to explore for my entire career."This is a memoir without a lot of fluff, coming in at less than 300 pages. Highly recommended for her fans, as well as anyone interested in the American music scene from the '60s and '70s all the way up until she retired in 2009. Rating = 4.5 stars