With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties.
Focusing largely on her career including being the first bona fide female rock star, the life of Linda Ronstadt is presented. That path from her upbringing outside of Tucson, Arizona with European and Mexican heritage to that stardom having moved to Los Angeles to pursue that singing career is shown, with commentary not only from her own lips, but that of many of her contemporaries who were also emerging at the same time. Her own sensibilities as a woman in a profession dominated by men affected not only the way she acted within that environment, but also impacted the face of rock music especially as it related to women. Her move out of rock music to other genres in getting back to other types of music with which she grew up is also presented, she being told told time and time again that such moves would ruin her career, but the contrary eventually happening with she and the music with each move being met with critical acclaim and popular appeal. These genres included light operetta in the form of Gilbert and Sullivan (most specifically The Pirates of Penzanze), pop standards in collaboration with Nelson Riddle, a purely country collaboration with old friend Emmylou Harris and new friend Dolly Parton, a pop music collaboration with Aaron Neville, and a recording of traditional Spanish-language Mexican folk songs. Not being a songwriter but owning whatever song she decided to sing, and the reason for her retirement in 2009, when she gave her last concert, are also discussed. And two of her higher profile romantic relationships, to fellow musician JD Souther and then California Governor Jerry Brown, are also touched upon.
New cast interviews with the following:
Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne,
Maria Muldaur, Don Henley, David Geffen, Cameron Crowe and Aaron Neville
Rest of cast listed alphabetically with new cast interviews with the following unless specified by “archive footage”:
Peter Asher, Rubén Blades, Karla Bonoff, John Boylan, The Byrds The Byrds … Themselves (archive footage), Glen Campbell (archive footage), Captain & Tennille (Grammy Presenters archive footage), Johnny Carson (archive footage), Patricia Casado, Johnny Cash (archive footage), Dick Cavett (archive footage), Ry Cooder, Sheryl Crow (archive footage), Denny Doherty (voice archive footage), Daryl Dragon (Grammy Presenter archive footage), Cass Elliot (The Mamas and The Pappas-voice archive footage), Glenn Frey (archive footage), Robert Hilburn, Lena Horne (archive footage),
Bobby Kimmel, Kevin Kline, Don Lane (archive footage), The Mamas and the Papas (voice-archive footage), Anna McGarrigle, Kate McGarrigle (McGarrigle Sisters archive footage), Stevie Nicks (archive footage), Nelson Riddle (archive footage), Bobby Ronstadt, Peter Ronstadt, Joe Smith, JD Souther, Harry Dean Stanton (archive footage),
Ringo Starr (The Beatles archive footage), Carrie Underwood (archive footage), Waddy Wachtel, Hank Williams (archive footage) Paul Williams (archive footage) and Neil Young (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically and appear as archive footage that are also uncredited in this documentary:
Nina Blackwood (MTV archive footage), Jerry Brown, Gene Clark, Felicia Michele Collins, David Crosby, Kenny Edwards, Anton Fig, Tim Hardin, Hugh Hefner, Chris Hillman, Elton John, Kris Kristofferson, Will Lee, Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Sid McGinnis, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Joseph Papp, Gram Parsons, Teddy Pendergrass, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), Paul Rodriguez, Paul Shaffer, Frank Sinatra, Rex Smith, Toni Tennille, Tanya Tucker and Frank Zappa
Format DVD-R HD Quality