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Steve Strongman at Dr.Disc
Happy 20th birthday!
at Hugh's Room
the Four Seasons
by your's truly
The Cover of the Rolling Stone
not a lefty in the whole bunch
Lightfoot at Hamilton Place
photo by John Rennison (the Spectator)
Me & Billy
at the Studio Theatre (photo by Rich Humber)
Truman Capote on Mick Jagger:
One thing I'll say about Mick Jagger. He's fascinating in the sense that he's one of the most total actors that I've ever seen. He has this remarkable quality of being absolutely able to be totally extroverted...and then revert into another person almost instantly...he's really an extraordinary actor. And that's exactly what he is because: (a) he can't sing; (b) he can't dance; (c) he doesn't know a damn thing about music. But he does know about coming on and being a great showman. And putting on a fantastic act, of which the vital element is energy. Don't you think? Tell me what you think. You think he can sing? (quoted in Rolling Stone interviewed by Andy Warhol, 1973)
Me & the Devil Blues
Mr. Johnson...your ride's here
Festival of Friends '09
Memories of Jackie
Los Angeles Stories
by Ry Cooder
Richie and Dave
at Hugh's Room (photo by Rich Humber)
Big Night for Jackie
and McMaster too! (photo by Ron Scheffler)
at the Studio Theatre (photo by Dave Avery)
New Star Cinema
from Dominion City
this is a self portrait!
at Hamilton Place (photo by DEK)
Rigsby & Clark
pickin' 'n' grimacin' (photo by DEK)
Pattie snaps George...
at Hugh's Room (photo by Rich Humber)
a Flying Leap
The UFO Has Landed
the Ry Cooder Anthology
...I'm addicted too!
the two Mr. Daves...
together at Hugh's Room (photo by Rich Humber)
the new baby!
so long old pal! (photo by DEK)
the deluxe edition
and Dave's beer at the Slye Fox (photo by Rich Humber)
the new Rylander
Cooder on TV
from the BBC
Blondie signs the review...
Steve Strongman Band
at Pepper Jack (photo by Dave Avery)
nifty if simple
Ry & Joachim
Happy Father's Day!
...worth every penny!
One Long Tune
the life & music of Lenny Breau
Portage & Main
about 25 degrees C
We'll Never Turn Back
signed by Mavis
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This appreciation of Doc Watson by Ry Cooder appeared in the New York Times artsbeat blog.
Doc Watson, who died on Tuesday at age 89, was the first truly great guitar player I ever saw up close. For me, growing up in Santa Monica, Calif., in the 1950s meant that great musicians were only manifested on records and radio, making it hard to catch a glimpse of the person behind the layers of sound and presentation. You knew people like Hank Snow and Merle Travis were great, but you couldn’t be sure how much the Nudie suits and custom boots had contributed to the sound you heard on KXLA radio.
Then, Doc and the banjo player Clarence Ashley and some of the boys drove out to Los Angeles for the first U.C.L.A. Folk Festival in 1963. On the lawn by Royce Hall, the gothic classical music venue, they gathered around and sang “Daniel Prayed,” an intricate call-and-response-style gospel tune. The public was here and there, wandering around aimlessly, like they do at these events. It was casual and unannounced — we hadn’t entered into the hyperorganized way of music appreciation just yet — that came later with the big rock shows.
Fred Price led the song with his old man’s ghostly voice, Clint Howard joined in on farm-boy tenor and Doc added his resonant bass, which was severe and shocking. In their tradition, the instruments are rested and the song is like a breathing exercise. Daniel prayed every morning, noon, and night, it says. I wondered if there were more people right there on the lawn than had ever assembled in their church back home in Deep Gap, N.C., to hear about Daniel and the nonstop prayer, but that didn’t bother Doc and the boys.
Then, Ed Pearl, the owner of the folk music club the Ash Grove, took them away somewhere to get a sandwich. Their place back home would probably just about fit in between the lawn and the food tent, I remember thinking. I also remember thinking that these men know something about music I’ll never know, even if I practice and study all my life. You have to be born into it. That way, every note and word and gesture has meaning, and your notes and sung words line up with those of your friends and make a whole statement about life that is tiny but eternal. Now another rounder has gone. Doc made many good recordings, but you needed to be in his close presence to pick up the sound of his life and times; the microphone can’t do that for you, I’m sorry to say.
Later that day, I was sitting on a bench playing guitar, and Doc and Ed Pearl walked by. Doc stopped and listened. “Who’s that?” he asked Ed. “That’s Ry Cooder, he’s a youngster.”
“Sounds pretty good,” Doc said, and they walked on.
the collection (but where's "Discover America"?) and...yep...Wild Bill is signed!
contents of RYLANDER Quarterly
1.1:Paris, Texas tab; brief RPC comments; publisher's introduction 1.2: Joseph Spence issue; some tab; review of Out on the Rolling Sea CD; RPC movie music 1.3: Archival reviews from music magazines; memorabilia; do-it-yourself bottleneck slide (don't cut yourself!) 1.4: RPC soundtrack interview; Great Dream From Heaven tab 2.1: The Rising Sons (by Dr. Demento); Afro-Cuban All Stars; review of slide guitar CD & Joseph Spence tab book 2.2: Buena Vista Social Club live; reviews of Unknown Legends and Fairport Convention books; RPC sessions LPs 2.3: David Lindley interview; RPC biography (in Italian); reviews of Doug Legacy, Knut Reiersrud, Rick Danko, Levon Helm 2.4: Ry Cooder's odyssey; Bert Williams; sheet music for "Nobody"; reviews of Bill Frisell, Fusion, Lunar Notes and Jeff Beck biography 3.1: Zoot Horn Rollo interview (pt.1); RPC interview ('83); reviews of Ochoa, Ferrer, Segundo, Reirsrud, Beefheart, Lightfoot, Danko 3.2: Beefheart memories from RPC & Zoot Horn Rollo (pt.2); reviews of Terry Evans, Chris Whitley, Johnny Society, Omara Portuondo 3.3: Zoot Horn Rollo (pt.3); Terry Melcher; honorary doctorate for RPC; reviews of Dennis Wilson bio, John Hunter Phillips CD 3.4: MerRY ChRYstmas! Sing Out! interview; Ry Cooder songbook; reviews of Pat Boone, Dave Rea, Beefheart & Bert Jansch books 4.1: John Tobler interviews RPC (pt.1); reviews of Jimmy Agren, Borderline, Don Everly, Scott McKenzie, Byrd-parts 4.2: John Tobler interviews RPC (pt.2); reviews of Garth Hudson, the Crowmatix, the Parlor Dogs, Sir Mack Rice 4.3: RPC buyer's guide; RPC & World Music; reviews of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Colin Linden, a couple books 4.4: RPC interview; memorabilia; reviews of Spencer Bohren, the Yearlings, Harry Manx, a Richie Unterberger book 5.1:Mambo Sinuendo reviews from the world press; Bert Williams re-issues 5.2: RPC interview from NPR; more Mambo Sinuendo coverage; review of Los Zafiros film 5.3: The Rolling Stones influence; listening with Ry (from Guitar Player); reviews of Fusion, Mark Levine, Steve Young, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings 5.4: Rock'n'Roll Outlaw; RPC goes record shopping; RPC remembers Compay Segundo; review of Jim Dickinson CD 6.1: Chicken Skin Slide; RPC interview; Meeting with Masters (pt.1) 6.2: Meeting with Masters (pt.2); RPC's movie music; reviews of box-sets (Fairport, Swarbrick, the Transports) 6.3:Chavez Ravine; Taj Mahal interview; Leadership in Mental Health Award; L.A.County Award 6.4: The World Press reviews Chavez Ravine; drawing on the front page! 2006: RPC's Grammy Awards; more Chavez Ravine; review of Garth Hudson live Sept. '07: an e-mail from Van Dyke Parks; RPC interview; some Buddy reviews and more (10 pages!)
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Hamilton Spectator CD Review
Big Georgia Dave & Maria Muldaur (photo by Dave Avery)