Though Parkinson’s disease stole her singing career, Linda Ronstadt is determined to share her diverse love of music, and a sold-out crowd will scramble to West Chester University on Friday to hear what she has to say.
Ronstadt will read from her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, during an 8 PM performance at WCU’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by A.D. Amorosi.
Her talents span “Southern California pop, Tin Pan Alley, richly layered country (and) traditional Mexican,” the article stated.
“I always thought I could copy anything, that I was really a chameleon, but not grand opera,” she said. “You need to build those muscles for years.”
Her musical career ran from 1966-2011, but she increasingly struggled with Parkinson’s disease during that last decade.
Read more about the “folk singer who moved from coffee houses to stadium concerts to opera halls and Broadway stages without being mired in the muck of drugs or ego” and her upcoming visit to WCU in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.