Linda Ronstadt talks about her life and music at the Coolidge

Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

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Music fans of a certain age filled the Coolidge Corner Theatre to hear a conversation between onetime pop diva Linda Ronstadt and radio talkmeister Christopher Lydon. The 67-year-old singer, who recently revealed she has Parkinson’s disease, walked gingerly onstage to field questions from Lydon, who seemed most interested in her musical influences, what makes a classic “art song,” and her new book “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir.” Although Ronstadt no longer sings, her sense of humor is intact as she joked about memory loss, the medications she takes, and how listening to her recorded vocals remind her of “a little duck on acid.” Other revelations: How much she enjoys old YouTube clips (but not MP3 files or Pandora);...

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