Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Poster for Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Movie poster
Directed byRob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Produced byJames Keach and Michele Farinola
StarringLinda Ronstadt
Distributed byGreenwich Entertainment
Release date
  • April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26) (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$4 million[1][2]

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice is a 2019 documentary film about American singer Linda Ronstadt. It was directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.[3] It features interviews with many of Ronstadt's friends and fellow artists.

It had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2019. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival.

Greenwich Entertainment, 1091 and CNN Films released Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice in theaters in September 2019.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

Since bursting onto the music scene in 1967, Linda Ronstadt's 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 growing up in Tucson singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys;living in Santa Monica, taking part in the burgeoning scene at The Troubadour and her reign as the “queen of country rock” in the ‘70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer and champion 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. She stood up to the Musical Machine to record American Standards, to celebrate the songs that had ended up in the elevator and once again to claim her Mexican heritage and record Canciones De Mi Padre, although her record company thought it would ruin her career. It was a huge success both for the artist and in sales and charts. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into early retirement but her music and influence remain timeless. With moving performance footage and appearances by friends and 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.

Cast[edit]

In addition,The Muppets, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Nelson Riddle, Johnny Cash,Glen Campbell, Don Lane, Glenn Frey, Johnny Carson and Ringo Starr appear in archive footage. Archive photo of Red & The Red Hots with Linda Ronstadt, Red Young, Elizabeth Lammers, Liza Likins, Rita Valente with Nelson Riddle from Radio City Music Hall. There is a musical performance at The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction with Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and Stevie Nicks.

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 50 reviews.[5] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 75 out of 100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews."[6]

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film "will make you fall in love with [Linda] all over again" and that it "will delight the singer's old fans and likely make her many new ones as well.”[7] Pete Hammond of Deadline wrote that it "expertly captures why Ronstadt was such a unique performer — a voice that could lend itself to any form of music she tried” and that the "performance footage that will knock your socks off and likely sell millions more albums from her vast catalog.”[8] Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote, "Ronstadt’s voice yearns and crests with a freedom that never forgets its pain. She breaks your heart and heals it at the same time.”[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don't Let Go (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Don't Let Go (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice' Trailer: A Loving Tribute to the Singer". Indie Wire. 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  4. ^ "'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice' Trailer: A Loving Tribute to the Singer". Yahoo! Entertainment. 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  5. ^ Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019), retrieved 2019-09-15
  6. ^ Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, retrieved 2019-09-15
  7. ^ "'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice' Trailer: A Loving Tribute to the Singer". Indie Wire. 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  8. ^ Hammond, Pete; Hammond, Pete (2019-04-25). "Documentaries Are King As New Films On Linda Ronstadt And Captain Paul Watson Get Ready To Shine At Tribeca Film Festival". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  9. ^ Gleiberman, Owen; Gleiberman, Owen (2019-04-27). "Tribeca Film Review: 'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-05.

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