Los Angeles Stories
'Who do you know that I don't?': A Conversation with Ry Cooder
-C.P. Heiser, LA Review of Books
"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."
Jan 12, 2012
Ry Cooder has 'Los Angeles Stories' to tell
-David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times
"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.' "
Dec 4, 2011
Ry Cooder, Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Noir, 2011)
-Rylander Quarterly On-Line
"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."
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!
Oct 12, 2011
-Jonah Raskin, The Redwood Coast Review, Volume 13, Number 4, Fall 2011
"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."