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Linda Ronstadt confronts Parkinson’s disease

NEW YORK (AP) — These days, it's hard for Linda Ronstadt to get around without her forearm crutches.

The debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease require her to relax for a few minutes before starting an interview. But once she's ready, the 67-year-old has full command of her voice, even though she's no longer able to sing.

Ronstadt's voice was one of music's great treasures, anchoring hits like "When Will I Be Loved" and "You're No Good" and hop-scotching across genres including pop, rock, jazz and folk. She's sold more than 30 million albums.

While her singing voice has been silenced, she's expressing herself in her memoir, "Simple Dreams." It touches on the many milestones in her career, though more personal matters, like her high-profile romances with Jerry Brown and others, are briefly mentioned or not at all. It also doesn't discuss her Parkinson's diagnosis, which came after the book was written.

This week, Ronstadt spoke to The Associated Press about the book and battling the degenerative disease, among other topics.


AP: How have you adapted to living with Parkinson's?

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