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January 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The Americana Music Assn.'s annual Grammy eve show at the Troubadour has rapidly turned into a must-see event for roots-music aficionados. This year's concert tonight quickly sold out and took on an added emotional dimension as it was quickly framed as a tribute to the Everly Brothers, particularly Phil Everly, who died on Jan. 3 at 74 . Some of those scheduled to venture out to West Hollywood to take part are Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell (who...
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January 28, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Pete Seeger, folk singer, activist, song archivist and one of the most important American musical voices of the 20th century, has died at age 94, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson told the Associated Press. The singer, who lost his wife, Toshi, last year, was responsible for such classics of American song as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. "  VIDEO: 'Turn, Turn, Turn' As Claudia Luther noted in the Times' obituary , Seeger influenced generations: "At some point, Pete Seeger decided he'd be a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," Bruce Springsteen said at the all-star Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger's 90th birthday in 2009.
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September 2, 2012 | Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Anti-bullying campaign; Matchbox 20 performs; plus-sized models; prepackaged foods for women. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Co-host Dr. Mehmet Oz gives Rachael a physical.
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January 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
A couple dozen members of the Americana music community descended on the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Saturday, the night before the Grammy Awards, to demonstrate the ongoing influence of the music of the Everly Brothers while paying homage to singer Phil Everly, who died three weeks ago. In many respects, it was the antithesis of music mogul Clive Davis' glitzy industry pre-Grammy bash going on simultaneously a few miles away in Beverly...
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June 1, 1986 | ROBERT HILBURN
"It was obvious to me by the time I was 20 that if I wanted to keep playing the same rock 'n' roll bottleneck (guitar) licks I could work a lot of recording sessions and make some money. But I also knew that I'd eventually be strip-mined. I could feel it beginning to happen . . . the repetition and the tendency for people to say quite simply, 'Just do the same thing you did on that last record.' You'd try to tell them you could do something better, but they'd say, 'We don't want "better."
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August 20, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
L.A. guitar institution Ry Cooder is set to release his album "Election Special" Tuesday, a handy, nine-track blues-rock guide to this year's presidential election. The subject matter? Republican and Democratic leaders, super-PAC funders and even Seamus, the family dog who rode in a carrier atop presidential candidate Mitt Romney's car. Cooder talks up his mission with Pop & Hiss. What's your goal with this record? Use your mind and think a little. Put the small screen down.
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December 4, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Let's start with the hands, Ry Cooder's hands. They're large, expressive: hands you could see wrapped around a guitar neck, or in the act of making things. They move when he speaks, creating shapes in the air that take form and dissipate, all in the space of a few words. On a Friday afternoon at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Cooder is using those hands to help recount the saga of "El Chavez Ravine," a 1953 Chevy pickup he commissioned to be rebuilt in 2007 in the style of a vintage ice cream truck and covered with an elaborate mural, by the artist Vincent Valdez, depicting the eviction of Mexican American families from the neighborhood that is now home to Dodger Stadium.
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October 28, 1987 | RICHARD CROMELIN
Ry Cooder's atmospheric film scores, eclectic albums and collaborations with prestige performers like Randy Newman and John Hiatt have created an image of the musician as the Pure Artist. But here's the singer-guitarist on the phone in the small coffee room of a Hollywood recording studio, looking like a colorful pool-hall hustler in his tropical shirt and pork-pie hat as he sweet-talks an executive from Rounder Records.
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October 27, 2002 | Steve Hochman
After career phases as ace sideman, respected blues/folk-rooted solo artist, world music pioneer and film composer, Ry Cooder in recent years gained considerable profile as a key instigator and producer of the Cuban musical renaissance centered on the Buena Vista Social Club projects. Now he's stepping out for the first star billing of his own since his 1993 Grammy-winning "Meeting by the River" collaboration with Indian musician V.M. Bhatt. And for the project he's turned ... back to Cuba.
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July 14, 1995 | Robert Hilburn
The biggest mistake the Rolling Stones ever made creatively was not luring Cooder at all costs when they needed a replacement for guitarist Mick Taylor in the '70s. Not only would Cooder's rootsy sensibilities have brought a renewed blues vitality to the band, but his intimidating presence could have made Jagger-Richards work harder on new material. The Stones' loss, however, has been the film world's gain.
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January 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The Americana Music Assn.'s annual Grammy eve show at the Troubadour has rapidly turned into a must-see event for roots-music aficionados. This year's concert tonight quickly sold out and took on an added emotional dimension as it was quickly framed as a tribute to the Everly Brothers, particularly Phil Everly, who died on Jan. 3 at 74 . Some of those scheduled to venture out to West Hollywood to take part are Bonnie Raitt, Rodney Crowell (who...
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September 5, 2013
Ray Grebey Headed baseball negotiations during 1981 players strike Ray Grebey, 85, who led Major League Baseball labor negotiations during the tumultuous 50-day strike that split the 1981 season, died Aug. 28 in Stamford, Conn. His family said he had stomach cancer. Hired by baseball owners in 1978 after 20 years at General Electric Co., Grebey succeeded John Gaherin as the sport's chief labor negotiator. After arbitrator Peter Seitz struck down the reserve clause, Gaherin worked out the deal in 1976 that created free agency.
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September 2, 2012 | Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 2 - 8 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Anti-bullying campaign; Matchbox 20 performs; plus-sized models; prepackaged foods for women. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Co-host Dr. Mehmet Oz gives Rachael a physical.
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August 20, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
L.A. guitar institution Ry Cooder is set to release his album "Election Special" Tuesday, a handy, nine-track blues-rock guide to this year's presidential election. The subject matter? Republican and Democratic leaders, super-PAC funders and even Seamus, the family dog who rode in a carrier atop presidential candidate Mitt Romney's car. Cooder talks up his mission with Pop & Hiss. What's your goal with this record? Use your mind and think a little. Put the small screen down.
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April 6, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Late last year, Joachim Cooder began feeling that life as a sideman wasn't enough. Cooder is the son of one of the most lauded names in L.A. rock - singer-guitarist Ry Cooder. For years he played drums for his father, Mavis Staples,Dr. John and the Cuban collective Buena Vista Social Club while composing for indie films like "Lars and the Real Girl. " His life was the archetype of a successful behind-the-scenes musical mercenary . But late last year during a hobbyist's stint as an apprentice chef at the downtown L.A. pop-up restaurant Le Comptoir, he began to suspect that new challenges might be good for him musically as well.
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December 4, 2011
1940 I work for the Los Angeles City Directory, a book of names, addresses, and job descriptions. I am one of many. Our job is to go out and collect the facts and bring them back. Other people take our work and put it in the Book, but we do the important part. Los Angeles is a big city, and the City Directory is a big book. "How would you like to be listed in the Directory?" I show people what it is. They're afraid you'll ask embarrassing questions like "Do you have a toilet?"
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May 12, 1994 | RANDY LEWIS
World-music aficionado Ry Cooder just picked up a Grammy Award for his collaboration with Indian musician V.M. Bhatt, "A Meeting by the River." Expect to see this, Cooder's meeting across the ocean with West African guitarist Toure, deservedly nominated next year. The Mali musician has long woven together traditional West African rhythms, North African vocal melisma and good old Mississippi Delta blues.
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August 17, 1997 | Don Heckman, Don Heckman writes about pop and jazz for Calendar
It's probably appropriate that Ry Cooder, who has been poking around the sources of music from around the world for most of his life, experienced his musical epiphany on a side street in Havana. Traveling to the still-isolated Caribbean capital early last year to record an unusual combination of Cuban music and African high life, Cooder had to reconsider his options when passport problems prevented the musicians from arriving from Mali.
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December 4, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Let's start with the hands, Ry Cooder's hands. They're large, expressive: hands you could see wrapped around a guitar neck, or in the act of making things. They move when he speaks, creating shapes in the air that take form and dissipate, all in the space of a few words. On a Friday afternoon at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Cooder is using those hands to help recount the saga of "El Chavez Ravine," a 1953 Chevy pickup he commissioned to be rebuilt in 2007 in the style of a vintage ice cream truck and covered with an elaborate mural, by the artist Vincent Valdez, depicting the eviction of Mexican American families from the neighborhood that is now home to Dodger Stadium.
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