Entertainment legend Linda Ronstadt is set to release her book Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir on September 17. The book, named after her classic 1977 album Simple Dreams, was written entirely by Ronstadt and will chronicle notable moments in both her life and career.
In an interview for AARP magazine Ronstadt told writer Alanna Nash that writing the book was difficult stating "I’d never written anything longer than a thank-you note before. I never kept a diary or a journal. But I’m a reader, and I can put a coherent sentence together, so I thought I could make [Simple Dreams] honest and clear."
The article, which was first published August 26 on AARP's website, garnered quite a bit of attention due to Ronstadt admitting to Nash, publicly for the first time, that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Ronstadt stated in the interview that due to effects from the disease she can no longer sing. Ronstadt noted that "no one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try. And in my case, I can’t sing a note."
Though Ronstadt discussed her diagnosis in the interview it is not included in her memoir. Ronstadt states that she received the initial diagnosis while she was writing the acknowledgements for her memoir. However, the doctors didn't confirm she had Parkinson's until months later and she decided not to include it in her book as she wasn't yet completely sure of her diagnosis.
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir will be released by Simon & Shuster on September 17.