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'Who do you know that I don't?': A Conversation with Ry Cooder

"There is a feeling in the stories, as in much of his music, that something is being documented; that voices, and personal histories, are being preserved not for posterity, but against annihilation by some overriding and corrupted power."

-C.P. Heiser, LA Review of Books Jan 12, 2012

Ry Cooder's Los Angeles Stories: Musician's New Book of Short Stories Memorializing Lost L.A.

"Cooder's Los Angeles Stories are noir-infused, glamour-free portraits of working class loners, drifters, bums, musicians (both real and fictional), and numerous other fringe types. Each speaks with his or her own individuated, idiom-riddled (but cliché-free) patois."

-Casey Burchby, LA Weekly Jan 11, 2012

Ry Cooder has 'Los Angeles Stories' to tell

David Ulin's interview with Ry Cooder (LA Times) was syndicated, and ran in the Chicago Sun Times.

-David L. Ulin, Chicago Sun Times Dec 4, 2011

Book excerpt: from 'Los Angeles Stories' by Ry Cooder

Read an excerpt from Ry Cooder's short story collection, Los Angeles Stories!

-Los Angeles Times Dec 4, 2011

Ry Cooder has 'Los Angeles Stories' to tell

"What Cooder's getting at, that elusive 'it,' is the authenticity of old Los Angeles, a 'nothing place,' and yet one with its own history and style. This is what he has built his work around these last several years, and what he continues to want to explore, the handmade world of people who 'aren't fancy talkers and thinkers. They don't ride any wave. They're just there. But if you go to any of those little houses, they'll tell you some stories. People will tell you the most amazing things.' "

-David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Dec 4, 2011

Ry Cooder, Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Noir, 2011)

"Each tale has a title and a date, and early to mid-50s seems to be Cooder's oeuvre. Some of the stories echo each other as characters (or at least names) reappear. The links are tenuous except that they all take place in the City of Angels and all involve people involved in shadowy activities -- musicians, gun shop owners, pornographers, thieves, and all sorts of women."

-Rylander Quarterly On-Line Oct 13, 2011

Contest: The Power of Protest Music

Enter your favorite protest song in the Truthdig contest, and one winner will get a copy of Ry Cooder's new album along with his new book, Los Angeles Stories!

-Truthdig Oct 12, 2011

Ry Cooder's Los Angeles Stories: excerpt

Read an excerpt from Ry Cooder's new book, Los Angeles Stories.

-Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing Oct 12, 2011

Haunted Streets

"No matter how much music he made or how much moving he did, [Cooder] couldn't escape from the ghosts of old LA that haunted him year after year. With encouragement from his wife, he decided to exorcise them by writing a kind of ghost story about the city that once was."

-Jonah Raskin, The Redwood Coast Review, Volume 13, Number 4, Fall 2011