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This review is from: Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir (Hardcover)
What excellent biography doesn't leave you wanting more? While there seems to be something of her real self held back, there is nevertheless telling detail about her musical career in what was essentially a male dominated world. I love the book - and a deep sense of her musicality and love of music for its own sake comes across well. That we have moved on from a pretty supportive group of emerging artists to the hype we have today is sad. But to finish your own gig in the 60's and 70's and then drive across town to see another artists or bands last few numbers must've been inspirational. Musicians rooted for each other then and were not seemingly in the least obsessive about themselves or their own careers. She was lucky to have Peter Asher as Manager / Producer during some really productive years. Her part in the La Boheme production and Pirates on Broadway are well described with modesty. She describes honestly how she could reach the required notes but not sustain them given the vocal limitations of belting out rock songs. She could with necessary practice and her amazing range have easily conquered such music wonderfully had she had the time .That she became a first rate producer herself is testament to her all round intelligence and ability. And what songs she selected!! Hearing 'The Moon's a Harsh Mistress' for the first time is beyond words - how can a book illustrate her perfect vocals? She was truly a master of genres and interpretation of them. I learnt sadly of her recently contracting Parkinsons disease and being unable to sing. How truly awful is that? I played 'Heart Like a Wheel' in response to this news and then saw Andrew Gold's name listed as the pianist on that track. With that songsmith genius dead too early and Linda's voice now silent I gulped back the emotion and shed a brief tear. Honestly, she is unique! And Don Henley's testimonial on the back cover of the book says it all as he finishes with " I'm still learning from her." Wow!