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New Linda Ronstadt Documentary Recounts The Tucson-Born Artist's Trailblazing Rise To Stardom

One of Arizona’s most famous musicians is heading to the big screen. 

A biographical documentary of Tucson native Linda Ronstadt called " Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" comes out Friday.

The documentary covers everything from her political activism and her relationship to California Gov. Jerry Brown to her rise to fame and her struggles as a trailblazing female artist of the 1970s.

“The rock and roll culture seems to be dominated by hostility against women. What happens is that they lose the ability to focus on themselves as a person rather than an image, you know?” Said Ronstadt in one clip.

Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. She only agreed to let the directors make the documentary if they didn’t focus on her diagnosis which has left her unable to sing.

She is featured in the beginning and the end of the film doing some voice over work, but no worries, there are plenty of recognizable faces there to sing her praises: Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne and several members of the Eagles just to name a few.

The documentary also touches on her background as a Mexican-American raised in Arizona. She went on to win Grammys for the many Mexican folk albums she released and has been vocal about border wall issues in the last few years.

Ronstadt became the highest paid woman in rock and roll by the end of the 1970s and is still one of the world’s best selling artists of all time. Her documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” opens Friday in select theaters.

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