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|Legendary musician Ry Cooder @ City Arts & Lectures/Herbst Theater|
|Date||Wednesday October 05|
|Time||8:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
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401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, California 94102
Legendary musician (and now City Lights author!) Ry Cooder will discuss his 1st book Los Angeles Stories (Oct. 2011, City Lights) with journalist Lynell George at City Arts and Lectures on Wednesday Oct. 5th, 8:00 PM. A book-signing will follow.
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 Chavez 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.
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.
About the author:
Ry Cooder is a world-famous guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, interest in roots music, and more recently for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries, including The Buena Vista Social Club. He has composed soundtracks for more than twenty films, including Paris, Texas. Two recent albums were accompanied by stories Cooder wrote to accompany the music. This is his first published collection of stories. Find out more about his music, including his new album Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down at Nonesuch: