Linda Ronstadt


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Often dismissed by rock historians as a product of the antiseptic Californian country-music scene, an artist who relied on watered-down covers of classic rock n’ roll and pop standards, this description of Linda Ronstadt couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout a recording career that has covered more than forty years she has recorded in a remarkable variety of styles from pure country to pop, light opera to big band standards and new wave to mariachi, often taking risks beyond the reach of many critically acclaimed artists. It would be hard, if not impossible, to find another vocalist who has had a more diversified career. In their press release for the album Winterlight her record company managed to convey exactly what it was that made Linda Ronstadt such a special artist. — “Versatile doesn’t begin to describe Linda Ronstadt’s astounding career – a wildly eclectic, devoutly adventurous journey through a myriad of styles and genres. Who else has worked with Philip Glass and Dolly Parton? Aaron Neville and Nelson Riddle? Ronstadt’s unforgettably gorgeous voice, at once technically dazzling and resonating with deep emotion, has woven a magical path from rock to mariachi, from country to opera, gathering critical and commercial success at every stop along the way.” Linda Ronstadt – A Life In Music is an unauthorised biography that traces Linda Ronstadt’s career from her days as a member of The Stone Poneys, her early solo albums, the critically acclaimed albums from the seventies, her work with Nelson Riddle , the foreign language recordings and her collaborations with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The book gives an in-depth analysis of every studio album and is supported by a background to her life and the influences, musical and social, that shaped her career. Appendices in the book include a comprehensive discography, chart statistics, details of Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) awards along with a list of Grammy Award nominations and wins. The book includes a foreword written by Andrew Gold.

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Peter Lewry


Peter Lewry is a British-born author with several books to his credit, including the prize-nominated Johnny Cash Chronicle-I’ve Been Everywhere. A leading authority on the country music legend, he first heard Johnny Cash’s music back in the late sixties. He bought his first Cash album, At San Quentin, in 1970 and has followed his career closely ever since. He started the Johnny Cash fanzine back in 1994 and in March 2007 celebrated it's fiftieth issue. The Man in Black website, set up to complement the fanzine, won the music lover category at the ntl: Best Of British Broadband Awards in 2004. Peter received his award from radio and television presenter Neil Fox at a prestigious awards dinner at the renowned celebrity haunt The Ivy in London. The website was reviewed in MOJO magazine in 2009 who wrote, 'Peter Lewry, who is to Johnny Cash what Mark Lewisohn is to The Beatles, runs an award-winning website dedicated to the Man in Black at A well-constructed, information-led affair, it acts as an on-line supplement to Lewry's fanzine. For anyone seriously getting involved in a Cash project, it's definitely the place to start. He has also worked on a number of Cash projects including CD compilations (the recently released Readers Digest set The Great Seventies Recordings and Bear Family Records Johnny Cash: The Outtakes), liner notes, various magazine articles and also worked with the Los Angeles based web design company on the Twentieth Century Fox official Walk The Line website. He was a special guest at the UK launch of the Walk The Line DVD at HMV in Oxford Street, London. His knowledge on Johnny Cash has led to him being called to assist on the research on a number of magazine articles and radio specials. He has been interviewed on local and national radio stations across the UK and has been interviewed by Cash's long-time friend, singer and DJ Johnny Western on his radio show broadcast from Wichita, Kansas. His passion for music spreads far wider than just country music and he has written many articles including in-depth studies on both Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons and French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis for the UK music magazine Record Collector. Peter is also a regular contributor to the Essential Elvis magazine and recent articles have included in-depth studies of Elvis' 1969 Memphis Recordings and his 1973 Stax Sessions. He has recently published his first biography Linda Ronstadt-A Life In Music, as an e-book and also published an updated edition of Johnny Cash-I've Been Everywhere in e-book format.


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