Sweet Judy Blue Eyes by Judy Collins
My Life in Music

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A vivid, highly evocative memoir of one of the reigning icons of folk music, highlighting the decade of the ’60s, when hits like “Both Sides Now” catapulted her to international fame.
 
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply personal, honest, and revealing memoir of folk legend and relentlessly creative spirit Judy Collins. In it, she talks about her alcoholism, her lasting love affair with Stephen Stills, her friendships with Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Fariña, David Crosby, and Leonard Cohen and, above all, the music that helped define a decade and a generation’s sound track. 
    
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes
invites the reader into the parties that peppered Laurel Canyon and into the recording studio so we see how cuts evolved take after take, while it sets an array of amazing musical talent against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent decades of twentieth-century America.
    
Beautifully written, richly textured, and sharply insightful, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is an unforgettable chronicle of the folk renaissance in America.


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About Judy Collins

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Judy Collins has thrilled audiences for nearly five decades with her magnificent voice and thoughtful interpretations. Many of Collins's albums have been certified platinum and her version of Joni Michell's "Both Sides Now'has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" won Grammy's Song of the Year in 1975. Judy's film about Antonia Brico, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1974. Brico was Judy's calssical piano teacher when she was young and was the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. In 2000, Judy founded her own record label, Wildflower Records.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by Crown Archetype. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Though she married young, Collins soon became something of a notorious serial monogamist, zipping from one partner to another with striking frequency, even for the free-love generation: Collins shared a bed with everyone from an English professor to rock star Stephen Stills.

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Publishers Weekly

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Collins’s improbable and utterly charming tale of assuming iconic status as a popular music star from the early 1960s’ onward also proves a tremendously valuable chronicle of the early folk music scen

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The New York Times

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The singer Judy Collins reveals the harder facts of her life.

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Publishers Weekly

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Steeped in the work of Jo Stafford and Elton Hayes, later songs by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Collins was a natural troubadour of traditional ballads like “The Gypsy Rover” and “Maid of Constant Sorrow” and gradually made a name for herself on the circuit, like the Gate of Horn in Chi...

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Examiner

I had an opportunity to meet Louis after her conversation and he echoed the same sentiment saying, "Judy most certainly is and has been the gift in my life as well."

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New York Journal of Books

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She says similar things about others: her first husband, several lovers, even her own child, always with more gaps than information.Those seeking a history of the music of the 1960s and those who made it, a somewhat gossipy account of what Joni Mitchell referred to as “the refuge of the road,” wi...

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The Washington Post

(Brico was furious when Collins gravitated from classical music to pop, but Collins eventually honored her old teacher by making a documentary film about her.) It was Collins’s first husband who suggested that she sing at bars to supplement their meager income.

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USA Today

Get past that gooey pun on the 1969 rock standard composed by Collins' former lover Stephen Stills, and you'll find some hot dish.PHOTOS: Look inside Judy Collins' lifeThere is detailed coverage of Collins' artistic accomplishments, which include giving both Joni Mitchell and Stephen Sondheim hit...

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The Columbus Dispatch

Albert Grossman — who had put together Peter, Paul & Mary as a folk-singing trio — once suggested to Judy Collins that she become part of a trio, too.

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Austin Chronicle

Meanwhile, as her career soars, Collins spirals downward into a miasma of alcoholism, eating disorders, throwaway sex, and a devastating love affair with Stephen Stills, whose "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" is a defining song of the era.

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Collins’s third memoir could read like a sensational Who’s Who of the ’60s: She partied with Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison, joined the free-loving Sullivanians and testified at the trial of the Chicago Seven.

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'60s singer Judy Collins is back with a revealing new memoir.

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