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Writers Bloc Presents Linda Ronstadt with Patt Morrison
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School
Santa Monica, CA
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Writers Bloc Presents Linda Ronstadt with Patt Morrison
The Queen of Rock 'n Roll doesn't begin to cover Linda Ronstadt's scope as

a groundbreaker and glass ceiling crasher in the music industry, throughout

her simply astonishing career. The most successful female rock singer of the

70's, and still one of the most successful and adored performers of our era,

she recorded hit after hit, songs which serve to identify a great era in rock.

Ronstadt performed with the biggest names in rockThe Doors, The Rolling

Stones, Neil Young, Jackson Browne. Her backup band became The Eagles. In

rock, country, (and her fusion of the two genres), traditional Mexican songs,

jazz, her association with Nelson Riddle on the Great American Songbook,

Linda Ronstadt has continuously and consistently reinvented her style and

her focus. And with each experiment, with each venture into a new musical

genre, her wonderful and beautiful voice led her to great success, and took us,

her listeners, to new and unexpected places.

But climbing to the top in any field isn't easy, and it was fraught with difficulty

for years. Her magnificent voice, soulful and thrilling interpretations of her

songs, and genre-bending style catapulted her to the top with fans, but the

male-dominated world of rock was surprisingly sexist and painful.  In her

memoir, Simple Dreams, Linda Ronstadt leads us through the landscape of

her musical and personal journey. Her landmark hit with the Stone Poneys,

Different Drum, kickstarted what would become an unbroken strand of

great hits. She talks about her family's profound influence on her musical

development whether in opera, American standards, or Mexican songs. She

discusses the fishbowl-like relationship with our then and current governor,

Jerry Brown. And she reveals the difficulty of life on the road as a rock star,

one of the most popular singers in the world. Her recent diagnosis of Parkinson's

Disease with her disclosure that she can no longer sing at all underscores her significant

artistic accomplishments, as well as her great gift to us, her listeners.

Linda Ronstadt is a beloved singer, and Patt Morrison is a beloved Los Angeles

journalist and institution herself. She writes regularly for the Los Angeles

Times
, and is the author of Rio LA. Patt can be heard regularly on KPCC,

although not regularly enough for our tastes.

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Location

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School (View)
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States


Categories

Arts > Literary
Music > Country
Music > Rock

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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