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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (282 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Collins Narrator: Judy Collins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307941336
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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)
  • …a fascinating and even harrowing musical and personal reflection. Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/8/2014

    " Have loved Judy Collins music since I first heard her songs in the 60's. This is a chatty book, full of gossip (wow, she screwed around a lot!) Had no idea that she had very serious problems with alcohol for much of her career. Loved having known a few of the people she talks about in her life. Just a good plain interesting read about her and the music business from the 60's on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sunday | 2/4/2014

    " couldn't finish it. poorly written. it could be so interesting and instead it was boring and blah-blah-blah "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt B. | 1/29/2014

    " I read an advance of this in preparation for an interview with Ms. Collins. I've not read her other autobiographies and memoirs, so I'm not sure how this one compares (or if there is significant overlap), but as a mouth-breathing music geek I appreciated how much context she created, discussing the contributions and music of her many, many peers (from Phil Ochs to the Staple Singers) throughout this quick and piquant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/12/2013

    " Thus far, easy & interesting read, esp if you have a connection to music. A no holds bard bio. Names are dropped but not for names sake - all is in context of the times and who were close to her in her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 12/10/2013

    " Judy reviews her pre-rehab life. Her reflections focus more on who was at what party and how fabulous they looked than insight into the many facets of her rich experience in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed it & I haven't been a big fan of Collins' earlier memoirs. They one seemed more honest and less affected. Perfect for folk & singer/songwriter fans from that era "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Jones | 11/12/2013

    " I have always loved Judy Collins' music. I enjoyed getting to know the woman behind that music. The narrative is kinda rambling but there are some interesting insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Dickey | 8/25/2013

    " I love Judy Collins so I had high expectations for this book. It was mildly interesting but didn't contain too much that her don't already know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJ | 6/16/2013

    " Not a great book, but fascinating to hear her back story of growing up in the 60-70's, her alcoholism (which I never knew about) and her take on the other popular musicians at the time. (Dylan, Guthrie, Stills, Mitchell, etc.) A treatise on the era! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 1/4/2013

    " I won this as a first read book. Great story of an amazing life and career. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/29/2012

    " Judy Collins, an icon for (my) "sixties" generation bares her soul & chronicles her amazing life's journey battling alcoholism & forever changing the world & our lives with her beautiful voice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 10/29/2012

    " This was poorly organized, more chronological than memoir, with too much information and unimportant details crammed in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/17/2012

    " I have marked this "read" but I didn't finish it. Only read the first 100 pages or so. Just lost interest and don't really want to go back to it. Maybe later ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Cara Price | 1/21/2012

    " currently reading, and loving it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Koch | 1/16/2012

    " Liked it a lot. For some reason I didn't know much about her life. Interesting. I like her. Started the book in the middle (don't ask me why) and I don't recommend that. Thumbs up. I recommend it to any baby boomer. Good scrapbook of our era and the great music that came from that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 11/12/2011

    " a memoir by one of my very favorite singers. interesting woman living through and in interesting times. "

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About the Author
Author Judy Collins

Judy Collins’ voice has been described as liquid silver. Its uniqueness allows her to sing the songs of a disparate range of artists—from Leonard Cohen and Dylan to Brecht and Weill to her own compositions—with equal authenticity. Her early musical studies led her from Denver to New York and to the eclectic musical style that has become her trademark. Her numerous albums have sold millions of copies and been certified gold and platinum. Her musical talents continue to enchant a growing following worldwide. She has been a voice for civil rights throughout her life. She also produced and codirected an Academy Award–nominated documentary, Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, about her first music teacher, the pioneering orchestral conductor Antonia Brica.