What Does Lita Ford Really Think of Meryl Streep's 'Ricki and The Flash' Performance?

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Lita Ford attends the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, California. 

Rocking from her teen years in The Runaways through a solo career that crashed the metal world's boys' club, Lita Ford, 56, has an insider's take on Meryl Streep's performance as a guitar-slinging belter in new movie Ricki and The Flash. "This film is very close to home," says Ford. "I live it." Currently on a North American tour, Ford offers up her critiques of the Oscar winner's covers on the soundtrack: "Meryl has accomplished no easy task here."

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice's "Cold One"

"This is one of her best performances on the soundtrack. She sells the song with her attitude. You can't help but believe her when you hear her sing."

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "American Girl"

"Meryl had no problem with this song. It was a great choice. Her performance was excellent. It was a perfect vocal range for her, not pushing her so that it's uncomfortable."

Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully"

"This was one of my favorite songs as a kid, and when I listen to Meryl's version, she pulls everybody in with her and makes it like one big crowd singing. I love the energy, and her husky voice."

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U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

"That song is difficult for anybody, but she pulls it off. I wish I could have helped her with her breathing. That's a huge part of being a vocalist."

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of Billboard.