Judy Collins Beat Back the Bear

February 6, 2014 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

One of the most successful Grammy Award-winning American folk singers says she has had her own share of personal challenges. “I was drinking myself to death. I had top 10 hits. Everything was just fine except I couldn’t work and people just didn’t know it,” says Collins, speaking at the Hunter College Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Collins, who gave up alcohol decades ago, says she has an optimistic outlook on life and believes more than ever that music can change the world. “Tomorrow is another day with possibilities. We all have something to say, and a lot of it is terrific, healing and hopeful,” says Collins.