Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music

Judy Collins / Feb 22, 2020

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes My Life in Music A vivid highly evocative memoir of one of the reigning icons of folk music highlighting the decade of the s when hits like Both Sides Now catapulted her to international fame Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

  • Title: Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music
  • Author: Judy Collins
  • ISBN: 9780307717344
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 lovA 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 Fari a, 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"

      • Judy Collins

        Judith Marjorie Collins is an American folk and standards singer and songwriter, known for the stunning purity of her soprano for her eclectic tastes in the material she records which has included folk, showtunes, pop, and rock and roll and for her social activism.


    1. This book begins and ends with Stephen Stills, one of Collins' lovers during the `sixties; certainly a tryst that remains most vivid in her mind. And in between she tells us of her youth in Colorado, her family, including her talented, blind father, and her attraction to folk music. She chronicles her ailments: polio, and a growing depression that resulted in an early attempt at suicide.But mostly the book is about her life within the music business of the `sixties and `seventies, her evolution [...]

    2. The opening notes are unmistakable. The sweet chords in E pour forth from Stephen Stills's guitar, sounding like early morning California sunshine feels: warm and flirtatious, dancing on an ocean breeze as it kisses you awake. It has always been one of my favorite songs. It never fails to transport me to a time I never knew, a place that now fades into American mythology: California, late 1960's. It is "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", first performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash on August 18, 1969 at Yasg [...]

    3. When I was a kid I loved Judy Collins probably I still would today, but I haven't listened to her music in a while. I credit my own ability to sing to listening to Collins and singing along with her records. I learned a lot that way.This book is mostly a tour of who she met when, where she performed, what drugs people were using and who slept with whom, including her own long list of lovers. That part really didn't interest me. Actually it made me feel grateful, yet again, that I was only on the [...]

    4. Listened to this driving around Ontario and back down to Maryland this week. Read by the author, whose voice was part of the soundtrack of my childhood. I was frustrated for the first few chapters that she was reading lyrics instead of singing them. around the seventh chapter she started singing snippets, which made me happy. and I hadn't read the box, so I didn't expect it when it turned out there were five songs at the end, all of which played important parts. The book itself was well told. Sh [...]

    5. Like so many others Judy Collins' music became the soundtrack to important moments in my young life. Her taste was superb and she introduced me to the work of other talented songwriters whose songs I performed years later during my own singing and songwriting career.I honored her honesty in describing her life, knowing that there would be small-minded people who would read her story and judge, without having any clue what it was like to live and perform back in those days. I remember how incredi [...]

    6. In the first chapter there is an account of a Paul Williams gig at the Troubador in April 1968 where Judy Collins is sharing a table with Janis Joplin. Although the two women had only met once before and their musical styles and public personae could hardly be more different, they seemed to instinctively bond that night. At one stage Janis leans over and confides to Judy “One of us in going to make it. And it's not going to be me.” Chillingly prophetic. Of course, Janis only “made it” fo [...]

    7. First I would like to say that this was a book I won via the First Reads program - thank you to all involved.I agree with several other reviewers who seemed to feel, at times, like I was reading a list of songs, songwriters and singers.This is an honest account of a life spent, as most of us do, making decisions, mistakes and living the highs and lows of life. The book is written in an easy style, the reader will feel joy and sadness through out the book.I suspect you will get a lot out of this [...]

    8. There was a time when I listened to Judy Collins' records incessantly. Back before reality TV, YouTube and , my favorite artists' lives and loves and addictions were a mystery to me. I had no idea that the girl with the haunting voice was struggling with alcoholism and other problems. I enjoyed this chronicle of the folk era and the 60s & 70s. I still remember the first time I heard Both Sides Now and Suite Judy Blue Eyes.

    9. Eloquent autobiography by the great folk singer Judy Collins. What was so enjoyable about this book was being ale to use my iPhone to look up and listen to the array of folk, blues, jazz, and rock musicians with whom Judy sang with. Many of them were entirely unknown to me, like Barbara Dane. I have created a playlist that includes these singers, as well as some Judy songs I didn't own. What was heart breaking was to me were the demons that haunted Judy for most of her young life; the main one b [...]

    10. 1/3/12: I feel like Judy Collins' music is in my bones; her songs were the backdrop to my youth, and I can still sing every word of some of her weirdest pieces (Marat/Sade, anyone?). Her amazing voice and her poignant lyrics have endured for me, too; about three years ago, Mike and I heard her sing at the Carlyle in New York, and she hadn't sung but one line before I was crying--which I continued to do throughout her entire set. (Mike says I was sobbing audibly; I like to think I was a bit quiet [...]

    11. I have always been fascinated by Judy Collins. She is a Colorado girl. When she broke on the music scene in my youth, it was during the heyday of folk music, and I loved folk music. While reading the book, sometimes, I got bogged down with the countless stories about the many musicians that were a part of her life and career. I found myself googling many of those with whom she worked. I then would watch them on YouTube. I even listened to her songs on YouTube while I read the book. I guess you c [...]

    12. A birthday gift from my wife. I follow Judy Collins on Facebook. Her autobiography has been on my personal to-read list for months. I found the book on the shelf at a high-priced local bookstore in Taos, New Mexico in April, showed it to my wife, and she remembered. She searched two Barnes and Nobles bookstores in Skokie, IL the last week of April; not in stock. Finally, she ordered it on Read the first few pages, and then skip to the Acknowledgements near the back of the book. A friend of ours [...]

    13. Grew up listening to Judy Collins, among others. Maybe one of the reasons I took up guitar as a youth. But, then, when I was a youth everyone took up guitar. Probably dreaming of lives as musicians like Judy Collins, Dylan, Phil Ochs or, finally, the Beatles.She tells of her many loves, especially Stephen Stills, Stacy Keach, and finally her husband, Louis. Her many years in psychiatry, mostly with what I thought were closer analysts who were mainly interested in separating her from her money. T [...]

    14. I learned a lot about the dark side of Judy Collins- the alcoholism, drugs, one night stands, etc. Some of the stuff I already knew, like her love affair with Stephen Stills and Suite Judy Blue eyes. I enjoyed reading about her early days in the Village, hanging out with Dylan, Pete Seeger, and all the other young folks trying to become Dylan and Pete Seeger. Also, her appearances at the Newport Folk Festival. I attended the festival back in the mid to late sixties and can attest to the vibe tha [...]

    15. Wow. I know she's written a couple biographies, but this one focuses on the music in her life. It was fascinating to hear how the albums came together, albums I have memorized listening to them so many times even though most of my favorites were all recorded before I was born. It's amazing she recorded many of them snockeredd it's amazing how--um, free she was with her favours.It was fantastic to hear her read it & the songs included at the end made me cry after hearing the stories behind th [...]

    16. JudyThat's the book in a nutshell: she reveals herself, and with great self-awareness. This book took me longer to read than almost any other; I had to stop and Google songs and people -- some long forgotten and some never known. I'm 67, so it brought back so many moments of my life. I honestly think that even if you have absolutely no idea who Judy Collins is, you will enjoy meeting her, and seeing how a generation (well, 1/2 -- there was the 'other side') lived and made the choices they did.

    17. A certain lack of balance kept me from loving this one. I wish Judy Collins had spent less time on Stephen Stills. I think her husband of 30 years got about two paragraphs while Stills is featured throughout, perhaps a decision to please fans. Notations like "Around this time I became bulimic and it took me 10 years to overcome that" along with descriptions throughout of her alcoholic life, drinks of choice, etc. The best parts of the book by far were her impressions of Dylan, Baez, and other gr [...]

    18. Liked the first few chapters, but it's getting boring going from club to club, concert to concert. I'm amazed at how easy it was for her to give up her baby to go on the road. I'll get back to this book again, eventually, but have walked away for more compelling reads. Finally finished it and all I can say is, I liked her better when I knew less about her. I applaud her honesty and courage (finally!) when facing her demons, but she's not someone I would choose to work with or invite to my book c [...]

    19. Heartbreaking and Inspirational. I love Judy Collins music. Seriously, I have the vinyls, and they soothe my soul. What a surprise them to discover she's lived such a turbulent life, but ultimately, a triumphant one. As with all memoirs from this time period, I enjoy snooping into the lives of these iconic musicians who revolutionized the industry and the country. Collins recollects it with whimsical beauty and sincerity.Well worth the read!

    20. 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.

    21. Hmm, another alcoholic music star memoir. Vaguely interesting as a history of the 60's though how she can possibly recall all she does after all the booze she consumed is questionable. I love her singing, the book? Not so much.

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

    23. She writes songs better than a novel, but she lead an interesting life.I love that it was easier for her to mention that she had NOT slept with someone than include all of her lovers.

    24. I have already read some autobiographical work by Judy Collins. Somewhere in my books collection is her first volume "Trust Your Heart" and I even might have "Singing Lessons" which didn't stop me from reading this title. Not that it brings anything radically different - her life story is now firmly established as a part of public consciousness, part of our collective memory, perhaps even part of the history (in a sense that every piece of puzzle is of great importance to a complete picture) - b [...]

    25. As a baby boomer I enjoyed reading about the music scene of the 60's, taking a walk down memory lane. I enjoyed hearing about the musicians, the writers, and so many behind-the-scenes people that made the music happen. I found myself pulling up youtube clips of the music and thinking that maybe I'd like to finally make a playlist, for me.Judy gives a glimpse into her family life-- her celebrity father who lost his sight at an early age growing up in rural Idaho, her marriages and romances, her s [...]

    26. TITLE: Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in MusicWHY I CHOSE THIS BOOK: I thought it would compliment the book about Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King I read earlierVIEW: In the beginning when she would talk about some of the same people and events that the other book covered it was kind of interesting. Getting both a different perspective and corroboration of events made me feel that I was building on knowledge. However, she is not very perceptive in her assessment of others or her unders [...]

    27. FIRST LINE REVIEW: "It's a Sunday night, and I'm traveling from Hartford to New York City, heading in from a show." Could be the beginning of a song. Instead, it's the start of an openly intimate, warts and all, expose of Judy's journey from very young, tortured folk star to mature, focused grand dame of music. I saw her perform with Stephen Stills earlier this year and will see her again in a few weeks. After reading this memoir, the richness of her voice and stories (and my respect for both) i [...]

    28. Ever since a dear friend introduced me to Judy Collins in the late 1970's, I have been a huge fan. Listening to her sing "Send in the Clowns" is an experience. I did not, however, know she was such a troubled lady. I applaud her for finally finding the love of her life and reaching sobriety. She truly is one of the original "hippies" living her life to the fullest while, never making a lot of money but singing with her pure and rich voice and drowning herself with booze and pills.

    29. Well-written and intelligent, this is a necessarily condensed autobiography of Collins's life and career. Her narrative ends shortly after her marriage to Louis Nelson. There were a few details I would have liked to have seen, such as what happened at her stint in rehab, but that might be covered in one of her other books.(If I was being snarky, I would say, "I'm amazed Judy Collins had time to sing AND apparently have sex with almost everyone she ever met," but I won't.)

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