If you've been around Denver a while, you might know that septuagenarian songstress Judy Collins grew up here and attended East High. The daughter of blind bandleader Charles Collins, Judy's first official performance as a singer was at the age of 17 seventeen, when she won the local Kiwanis Club's Star of Tomorrow competition. She moved on to the folk-music circuit in the '60s; known for her crystal-clear and beautiful voice, she was one of the first folkies to interpret the songs of contemporary songwriters. And though she's best known for singing the poignant works of others (from the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen), she helped to define the now-entrenched singer-songwriter mold.
Judy Collins still records and performs, and the beautiful pipes abide, if in more autumnal timbres. Now she's written Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, a memoir about her life and times in the '60s, when she was, in fact, the "Sweet Judy Blue Eyes" of the song by Stephen Stills.
Collins will discuss and sign the book, which goes for $26, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo. Admission is free, and tickets for a seat and a place in the signing line will be given out beginning at 6:30 p.m. For information visit the TC website.
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