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Ry Cooder: Chicken Skin Music

Review by Andy Childs, ZigZag, November 1976

I'VE BEEN LOOKING forward to this one for ages, same as I do every Ry Cooder album. Apart from the obvious quality of his music, ...

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The Ry Cooder Interview, parts 1-3 (2005)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 2005

From his youth in Santa Monica via the Ash Grove scene through to movie soundtracks and his explorations of world musics: Ry on the music business, his fellow musicians and his politically progressive background and instincts.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 76.2meg, total interview length: 83' 11" sound quality: ***

Ry Cooder (2008)

Interview by Joel Selvin, Selvin On The City, KSAN 107.7, November 2008

The meastro of roots and Americana talks about his recent work - I, Flathead, Chávez Ravine - and looks back to the making of his first album and subsequent career.

File format: mp3 File size: 32.4mb Interview length: 35' 27"; Sound quality: *****

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Ry Cooder: The Name To Watch In 71...

Interview by Jacoba Atlas, Melody Maker, December 1970

Jacoba Atlas talks to the States' hottest new guitarist ...

Ry Cooder: Into The Purple Valley (Reprise)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 1972

THE COVER of Ry Cooder's second album features the guitarist and his lady posed in and out of a mid-Forties model Dodge convertible. It's straight ...

Ry Cooder: Paradise & Lunch (Reprise); Rita Coolidge: Fall Into Spring (A&M)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, June 1974

Setting a Scene for Rock ...

Ry Cooder: Paradise And Lunch

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, July 1974

RY COODER has a corner of the rock & roll world all to himself. Like the folk traditionalists, he draws on dead or dying idioms ...

Ry Cooder: Roots and Branches

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 1976

Ry Cooder, cult figure and esoteric guitarist, tells CHRIS CHARLESWORTH in New York why he's now into Tex-Mex music ...

Ry Cooder: Chicken Skin Music

Review by John Morthland, Creem, November 1976

BY NOW, Ry Cooder has established his niche so conclusively that you already know whether you like him or not. His curiously pinched vocals. His ...

Ry Cooder Part 1: Into The Purple Valley Of Romance And Adventure

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, February 1977

"Everything I know, I know from records. I don't live in a place where the neighbours are playing fiddles, I live in the city."When Ry ...

Ry Cooder: London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, February 1977

IT WAS like seeing three movies on one screen. On your right, you have this three-man gospel-style streetcorner vocal section – Bobby and Eldridge King, ...

Ry Cooder Part 2: The Prospect Before Us

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, March 1977

Since the first half of this interview was written, there's been an opportunity to see Ry and the Chicken Skin Band in action, which was ...

Ry Cooder & The Chicken Skin Revue: Show Time (Warner Bros.)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1977

Cooder tat no Coup d'etat (geddit?) ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Till You Drop (Warner Bros.)*****

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, July 1979

THERE'S PROBABLY a whole bunch of enormous ironies knocking around this world but right now I can't think of a bigger or more slap-happy one ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Till You Drop (Warners Import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1979

RYLAND P. Cooder is a most reliable fellow. Ever since the days when he was laying down that stinging bottleneck guitar behind the likes of ...

Ry Cooder: Ry And Related Stuff

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1979

"Me and my wife, Went all over town, And everywhere we went, The people turned us down, Lord, in a bourgeois town, In a bourgeois ...

Vinyl Choice: Ry Cooder

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times Magazine, November 1980

RY COODER was once described as a "curator of American music". A fair assessment, but it hardly captures the joy and affection of his modern ...

Ry Cooder's Search For The Lost Chord

Interview by Noe Gold, Guitar Works, March 1981

Cooder gesticulates in much the same way as he articulates musically – with an emphasis that lets you know he's earned the insight. ...

Ry Cooder: The Slide Area (Warner Bros.)/The Border – Original Soundtrack (MCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1982

THE MORE things remain the same, the more they change: after more than a decade of recording as a featured artist, Ry Cooder has finally ...

All-American Music Man: Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, May 1982

IT WAS THE MEXICANS that did it. The violent hue of his shirt notwithstanding, the tall, taciturn figure in the centre of the stage looked ...

Ry Cooder

Interview by John Hutchinson, In Dublin, June 1982

WITHIN HOURS of arriving from Glasgow, Ry Cooder walked into a room in Jury's Hotel wearing a black track suit, with a towel bundled under ...

Ry Cooder: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, June 1982

RY COODER spent the '70s with his shoulder to the grindstone and his heart in the right place delivering a series of albums which spanned ...

Ry Cooder: Home and Ry

Interview by Paul Rambali, Face, The, July 1982

Ry Cooder is tall, like a Texan, and dry, very dry, like a Margarita; tall in both physical height and musical standing, dry in both ...

Ry Cooder

Interview by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Guitar Greats', BBC Books, 1983

IT MAY BE that American readers of this book may wonder ‘Why?’ And even perhaps, ‘Who?’ It is an unfortunate fact that Ry Cooder, a ...

Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, December 1984

"PARIS, TEXAS IS like a perfect career job," reflects Ry Cooder, the composer of the film's haunting score. "It's the kind of film that if ...

Cooder at the Movies

Interview by Don Snowden, Musician, February 1985

"A MOVIE SCORE is probably the last refuge of abstract music," remarks Ry Cooder in the spartan foyer of a Hollywood sound studio. "You can't ...

Ry Cooder's Mood Indigo Meditations: Paris, Texas

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, April 1985

SOUNDTRACK ALBUMS – the genuine article, not song collections assembled in executive suites with an eye for tapping the teen demographic – are inherently strange ...

Little Feat: As Time Goes By — The Best Of Little Feat; Ry Cooder: Why Don't You Try Me Tonight? — The Best Of...

Review by Andy Gill, NME, September 1986

DURING THE early/mid-'70s, Warner Brothers were the envy of their major corporate rivals for their unparalleled hip-act market-share. Partly, one suspects, for the way their ...

Ry Cooder: Fascinatin' Rhythms

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, February 1988

FIVE YEARS may have passed since Ry Cooder last put together an album of non-movie music, but it's not as if the guy has been ...

Ry Cooder: The Hardline

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, March 1988

FIVE YEARS AGO Ry Cooder packed out the Hammersmith Odeon for eight consecutive nights, the culmination of a triumphant European tour. ...

Ry Cooder: Back Slider

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Guardian, The, May 1988

Ry Cooder is on the road again. He talks to Mark Cooper ...

Ry Cooder & David Lindley: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, July 1990

A backroom Stone slides into town ...

Ry Cooder: At Home In The Village

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, February 1992

Robert Sandall talks to Ry Cooder about the band that has given his guitar-playing a new sense of pleasure and purpose ...

How to Buy Ry Cooder

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, August 1998

BETTER KNOWN for bottleneck than even the M25, Ryland Cooder remains a cult figure despite appearing on records by the Rolling Stones, the Monkees, Johnny ...

Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán: Mambo Sinuendo (Nonesuch/Perro Verde)

Review by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, February 2003

THE WHOLE BUENA Vista Social Club never really pushed my buttons – I liked the film well enough but always drifted off when listening to ...

Ry Cooder & Manuel Gálban: Mambo Sinuendo; Kinky: Kinky

Review by Andy Gill, Word, The, March 2003

Perfuming Each Moment ...

Ry Cooder: Rock'n'Roll Outlaw

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, August 2003

TO MOST VISITORS and residents, Santa Monica is Los Angeles-on-sea, a breezy, oceanside reprieve from the bad air, nose-to-tail buildings and car-choked "boulevards" that sprawl ...

The Backpages Interview: Ry Cooder

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2005

RBP: Do you remember the folk scene of the early '60s as being polarized on more or less political/commercial grounds? How do you recall the ...

Man of the World: Ry Cooder

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

RYLAND PETER COODER is a man out of time – at the very least a fish out of water. In London to promote his superb ...

Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch)

Review and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, July 2005

AFTER A DECADE of travels that's taken him from Timbuktu to Cuba, Ry Cooder has come home to shine a light on a shameful episode ...

Ry Cooder: His Name is Cooder

Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Harp, March 2007

WHEN RY Cooder received a doctored photo in the mail, of a red cat in the guise of Leadbelly, he knew he had found a ...

His Name is Flathead: An Interview with Ry Cooder

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2008

With his new album, Ry Cooder completes the trilogy of records about 1940s/50s California that began with Chavez Ravine and continued with My Name Is ...

Ry Cooder: I, Flathead (Nonesuch)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, August 2008

Final instalment of Cooder's "trilogy" time-traveling back to '40's/'50s California, here exploring a lost world of steel guitarists and salt-flat drag racers. Comes complete with ...

Ry Cooder: Bop Until You Drop Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, September 2010

GUITAR GURU Ry Cooder's eighth album, Bop Till You Drop, released at the very end of July 1979, gave him his first British chart entry, ...

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