Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music by Judy CollinsA 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.
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Studio Version + Lyrics)
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
The people and things closest to you eventually become invisible to you. That which you see every day for decades becomes so imbedded in your processor that the nerve endings are dulled to them. Strangers are in clearer focus than your parent, your child, your spouse. Familiarity breeds transparency. So it is with music. Take The Beatles, for example.
Their private connection became public after Stills, rejected by Collins, put his pining into classic songs such as Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and Helplessly Hoping , both of which turned up on the first Crosby Stills and Nash album in Three years later, Stills recorded another piece about their relationship, So Begins the Task , which addressed the hard labour of accepting rejection. Collins recorded and released her own version of that song less than 12 months later. Then, in , Collins wrote Houses , which finds her haunting the places Stills resides in without her. This rapport has not only resulted in this tour but in their first joint album, Everybody Knows, whose title cheekily refers to their famous liaison. Both the show and the album feature the same clear subtext: friendship trumps romance.
It appeared on the group's self-titled debut album in and was released as a single, reaching 21 on the Billboard Hot pop singles chart. Collins is known for her piercing blue eyes. During a July 15, interview for the National Public Radio program All Things Considered , Stills revealed that Collins was present in the studio when the demo tapes were recorded and had advised him, "Don't stay in here [in the studio] all night now. We were just a little too big for one house. Collins and Stills had met in and dated for two years. In , she was appearing in the New York Shakespeare Festival musical production of Peer Gynt and had fallen in love with her co-star Stacy Keach , eventually leaving Stills for him.
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