KCETLink in Partnership with 'Writers Bloc' Presents an Interview with Rock Icon Linda Ronstadt | KCET
KCETLink in Partnership with 'Writers Bloc' Presents an Interview with Rock Icon Linda Ronstadt
Grammy® Award winner Linda Ronstadt discusses new memoir, "Simple Dreams"
and her recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease with journalist/radio
personality Patt Morrison to air on KCETLink
BURBANK, CALIF. - Sept. 10, 2013 - Climbing to the
top of the music industry is a feat for any artist, especially if you're a
woman in the male-dominated music industry. Linda Ronstadt is one of the few
female rock icons who not only broke through the glass ceiling, but remains one
of the most adored performers of our era.
KCETLink, in partnership with the literary series Writers Bloc, will televise a special
interview on Oct. 15 at 9:00 p.m. with Ronstadt and award-winning
journalist and radio personality, Patt Morrison, discussing the rocker's latest
memoir, "Simple Dreams." Ronstadt
exposes the long and difficult road to becoming the most successful rock singer
of the '70s and also reveals her inability to sing again due to her recent
diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. The
live event, filmed by KCETLink, took place on Sept. 24 at the Ann and Jerry
Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica.
Ronstadt performed with the biggest names in rock--The
Doors, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Jackson Browne to name a few. Her backup
band went on to become The Eagles. In rock, country, (and her fusion of
the two genres), traditional Mexican songs, jazz and her association with
Nelson Riddle on the Great American Songbook, Ronstadt has continuously and
consistently reinvented her style and focus.
Her magnificent voice, soulful and thrilling
interpretations of her songs, and genre-bending style catapulted her to the top
with fans, but the male-dominated world of rock was surprisingly sexist and
painful. In her memoir, "Simple Dreams," Ronstadt leads us through the
landscape of her musical and personal journey. Her landmark hit with
the Stone Poneys, "Different Drum," kick-started what would become an
unbroken strand of great hits. She talks about her family's profound influence
on her musical development.as well as the fishbowl-like relationship with our
then--and current governor, Jerry Brown.
Ronstadt also chronicles her recent diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease,
disclosing that she can no longer sing.
The fourth production of the
series, KCETLink Presents, KCETLink continues to offer enlightening
and unique specials to audiences on KCET and Link TV, co-produced with
acclaimed organizations such as L.A. based Writers Bloc, a nonprofit literary series. Previous KCETLink
Presents productions included Eva Longoria and Justice Sonia
Sotomayor; Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg;
and author and journalist Shereen El Feki and comedian Omar Elba.
The executive producers for the Linda
Ronstadt Writes Bloc special are
KCETLink's Bohdan Zachary and Writers
Bloc founder Andrea Grossman.
Funding for this special is made possible by a grant from Bobby and
KCETLink is the new
national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger
between KCET and Link Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its
content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH Networks,
in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various
digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For
additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content,
programming schedules and events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
ABOUT WRITERS BLOC
Writers Bloc (writersblocpresents.com) is a nonprofit
literary series, now in its 17th season, dedicated to bringing to Los Angeles
our favorite writers, artists and critics who have made a significant impact on
our cultural landscape. Andrea Grossman is the founder and executive producer.
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