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Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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“…a fascinating and even harrowing musical and personal reflection.” --Kirkus
“Collin’s improbable and utterly charming tale of assuming iconic status as a popular music star from the early 1960’s onward also proves a tremendously valuable chronicle of the early folk music scene…[A] forthright, radiant work.” –Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review)
About the Author
JUDY COLLINS has recorded more than forty albums over her illustrious career. With several top-ten hits, Grammy nominations, and gold- and platinum-selling albums to her credit, she has also written several books and has her own music label, Wildflower Records.
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I decided three, because I long expected an intensely personal, soul baring journey. And yes, there is some of that ... but there is too much of a recounting of an assistant's diary.
The city, venue and date seems to be the framework of the book. It is exactly what the second, explanatory part of the title says: her life in music. But as someone who first heard her on the radio in Jr. High, the part I wanted to know was Sweet Judy Blue Eyes.
The Judy of Our House, of Song for Martin, of Cook with Honey, of Suite Judy Blue Eyes.
Songs like Bread and Roses, Marieke, Marat Sade, My Father have always had for me such haunting depth and power that i want to know -- have to know -- where it comes from. And it is all my failing, because if the artists had been able to express themselves a different way, they'd have written a different song.
So in the end, in penitence, the stars became four. A little disappointed --or perhaps it would be better said, not really satisfied-- but not at all regretful.
But then it's like she stopped differentiating between what the reader might find interesting and what she found interesting. Or maybe she went through her journals and pretty much just typed up what she did every weekend no matter what it was and with who. There was no longer a feeling of significant events being related, but every event being related. This was just my sense. I began skimming and was relieved when the book ended.
Definitely recommend to fans of Judy Collins and/or that era, with the caveat that the narrative quality deteriorates midway IMO.
It's ironic that she pretty much wraps up her story about the time she gets sober and finds the love of her life, even though her career stretches on for decades. There's a lot more color to be mined from crises than composure, it seems.
In sum, a good read that significantly altered my perception of Judy Collins as a person and professional.
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Perfectly summed up the sixty revolution and portrait of a beautiful, strong woman whose music will live on forever!