Linda Ronstadt couldn't care less that she's yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary singer, who has recently revealed her battle with Parkinson's disease, has just published her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, and admits that despite being eligible for the Rock Hall since 1992, it's pretty far off her radar, telling The Los Angeles Times, "It's not anything I've ever given a second thought to. I never thought of myself as a rock n' roll singer. I've thought of myself as a singer who sang rock n' roll, who sang this, who sang that. . . I remember one of the guys at my record company asked me once if I would induct somebody into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I said, 'I really don't like going to things like that.' And he said, 'Linda, you have to do it if you ever want to get inducted yourself!' I said, 'I don't care if I ever get inducted. That was a long time ago -- in the '80s, and that was the last I ever thought of it."
In Simple Dreams, Ronstadt explained her relationship with rock music: "I never felt that rock n' roll defined me. There was an unyielding attitude that came with the music that involved being confrontational, dismissive, and aggressive -- or, as my mother would say, ungracious. . . I cringe when I think of some of the times I was less than gracious. It wasn't how I was brought up, and I didn't wear the attitude well. Being considered, for a period in the '70s, as the 'Queen of Rock' made me uneasy, as my musical devotions often lay elsewhere."
- Linda Ronstadt told us that while writing Simple Dreams, she was able to talk frankly about her contributions to the pop and rock world: "I got to give myself a little bit of a break. I always thought I didn't sing very well and I was always very frustrated by it and I was always sort of disappointed by it, y'know? And everything I did always fell short of my expectations and then I see when looking back, that it takes 10 years to learn to do anything pretty well. It really takes 10 years, y'know? If you talk to a sushi chef, they'll tell you it's 10 years of working before they allow you to become a sushi chef. So, in singing, it's probably even harder than that. The good news; I wasn't very good when I started, but the good news is I got better. Y'know, I didn't become the greatest singer in all of pop music, but I became, at least for my time, the most (laughs) diverse, y'know?"
CHECK IT OUT: Linda Ronstadt in 1977 performing Neil Young's "Love Is A Rose" live in Atlanta:
Linda Ronstadt On Her Singing
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