Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

New York Times Critics' Pick
95 mins.
Directed by  Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
NR
2019

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Linda Ronstadt has been an icon since bursting onto the music scene in 1967.  Her 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, Ronstadt filled huge arenas like no one had ever done and produced an astounding eleven Platinum albums.

In LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s.  She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry; an early advocate for human rights, and had a high-profile romance with California governor Jerry Brown.  Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson’s disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. 

With moving performance footage and appearances by 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.


"Ronstadt’s work, and her words in this film, testify to the multicultural, cross-pollinating vitality of American vernacular music. She shows herself to be one of its indispensable interpreters, as a vocalist and also as a thinker — covering a sprawling landscape with elegance, passion and insight." A.O. Scott. A New York Times Critic's Pick!