Thursday, July 15, 2010
Last stop before LA . . . The San Diego Zoo . . . Day 6 (ONLY)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA RONSTADT - wikipedia
Beginning in the mid-1970s, Linda Ronstadt's private life was given major publicity. It was fueled by a relationship with then-Governor of California Jerry Brown, a Democratic presidential candidate. They shared a Newsweek magazine cover in April 1979. They also made the cover of US magazine. Ronstadt and Brown took a trip to Africa which became fodder for the international press, and they made the cover of People magazine.
In the mid-1980s, Ronstadt was engaged ("ring on the finger and all") to Star Wars director George Lucas.
She has two adopted children, Mary Clementine and Carlos Sangria. Her daughter has made her a fan of musician Pink. Her son, who prefers heavier music, has introduced her to the music of Rob Zombie, AC/DC, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, and Cradle of Filth among others. Of Zombie, Ronstadt says, "There's real power and energy (to his music)", and of AC/DC she says "I really love Back in Black. I appreciate it musically (and) how good the rhythm guitar player is." Ronstadt is a big fan of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, and even persuaded friend and noted New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani to start reading them.
Ronstadt has been outspoken on environmental and community issues. Ronstadt is a major supporter and admirer of sustainable agriculture pioneer Wes Jackson, saying in 2000 that "the work he's doing right now is the most important work there is in the (United States)", and dedicating the rock anthem "Desperado" to him at an August 2007 concert in Kansas City, Kansas .
In 2007 Ronstadt resided in the San Francisco area, while also maintaining her home in Tucson, Arizona. That same year she drew criticism and praise from Tucsonans for commenting that the local city council's failings, developers' strip mall mentality, greed and growing dust problem had rendered the city unrecognizable and poorly developed.
In 2009, in honor of Linda Ronstadt, the Martin Guitar Company has made a 00–42 model "Linda Ronstadt Limited Edition" acoustic guitar. Ronstadt has appointed the Land Institute as recipient of all proceeds from her signature guitar.