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News & Reviews
- Monday, December 9, 2013
Ry Cooder to Join The Chieftains for The Celtic Sessions, Immersive Fan Experience in Saratoga Springs, July 7–11
Ry Cooder will join The Chieftains as their very special guest for The Celtic Sessions, a five-day event at Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 7–11. The Celtic Sessions will be an opportunity for fans—both musicians of all levels and non-musicians—to participate in master classes, breakout sessions on songwriting and authentic Irish dance, private shows with the band, and Q&As. There will also be a rare show with The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder.
- Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Ry Cooder's first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco, is featured in an article from The New Yorker's Alec Wilkinson titled "Ry Cooder, Live Again." Wilkinson traces Cooder's career through his studio recordings—"Cooder’s catalogue, reflecting his capacious intelligence, is the broadest and deepest in popular music"—to the new live album. "The solos open like rooms, one into another," writes Wilkinson. "Some of the rooms are still as night, and in others the audience shouts like congregants cheering a preacher."
About this Album
The first-ever stand-alone written work from Ry Cooder, Los Angeles Stories is a collection of loosely linked tales that evoke a bygone era in one of America's most iconic cities. In post-World War II Los Angeles, as power was concentrating and fortunes were being made, a do-it-yourself culture of cool cats, outsiders and oddballs populated the old downtown neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Chávez Ravine. Ordinary working folks rubbed elbows with petty criminals, grifters and all sorts of women at foggy end-of-the-line outposts in Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Los Angeles Stories is published by City Lights Publishers.
Rich with the essence and character of the times, suffused with patois of the city's underclass, these are stories about the common people of Los Angeles, "a sunny place for shady people," and the strange things that happen to them. Musicians, gun shop owners, streetwalkers, tailors, door-to-door salesmen, drifters, housewives, dentists and pornographers, new arrivals and hard-bitten denizens all intersect in cleverly plotted stories that center around some kind of shadowy activity. This quirky love letter to a lost way of life will appeal to fans of hard-boiled fiction and anyone interested in the city itself.
Ry Cooder's previous literary endeavor came in the form of a 95-page novella in the deluxe version of his 2008 album I, Flathead, the tale of Kash Buk, a hard-living, car-racing, guitar-playing man with a space-alien sidekick.
Written by Ry Cooder
Published by City Lights Publishers
Paperback: 224 pages