An icon for not only female rock musicians but also the rock genre as a whole, Linda Ronstadt is a pioneering artist in the music industry, and the forthcoming documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice is showcasing just how memorable she is.
Ronstadt came to fame in the ’60s folk-rock scene as the leader singer of the Stone Poneys, and from there she branched out to her own solo work and became the highest-paid female artist in rock music, winning 10 Grammy Awards out of her 26 nominations. Never compromising herself for the sake of others, Ronstadt pushed and broke limits within musical genres, altering the perception of female singers in a male-dominated industry, as well as the entire music industry of the ’70s.
Opening in September, the documentary will also shed a light on Ronstadt’s political advocacy work for causes such as same-sex marriage and unfair treatment of undocumented immigrants.
The trailer for the documentary shows performances and archived footage of the legendary singer, as well as interviews with other artists, such as Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, among others.
“Linda was the queen, she was like what Beyoncé is now,” Raitt says in the trailer.
The documentary is directed by Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl). The directing duo, along with James Keach (David Crosby: Remember My Name) and Michele Farinola (Undefeated), also produced the film.
Watch the trailer for Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice below. You can also revisit a 1976 performance of Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good” from the Paste archives further down and check out Paste’s picks for Ronstadt’s best tracks right here.