The Info List - Ry Cooder

Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder (born March 15, 1947)[1] is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. Cooder's solo work draws upon many genres. He has played with Captain Beefheart, Ali Farka Touré, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Randy Newman, David Lindley, The Chieftains, The Doobie Brothers, and Carla Olson & the Textones (on record and film). He formed the band Little Village. He also produced the Buena Vista Social Club album (1997), which became a worldwide hit. Wim Wenders directed the documentary film of the same name (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000. Cooder was ranked eighth on Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"[2] (David Fricke's Picks). A 2010 ranking by Gibson placed him at number 32.[3]


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 1960 2.2 1970s 2.3 1980s 2.4 1990s 2.5 2000s 2.6 2010s

3 Awards 4 Discography

4.1 Singles 4.2 Solo albums 4.3 Compilations 4.4 Collaborations 4.5 Soundtracks 4.6 As guest musician

5 Films 6 Written works 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Cooder was born in Los Angeles, California, to father Bill Cooder and Italian-American mother Emma Casaroli.[4] He grew up in Santa Monica, California, and graduated from Santa Monica High School
Santa Monica High School
in 1964. During the 1960s, he briefly attended Reed College
Reed College
in Portland, Oregon.[5] He began playing the guitar when he was three years old.[6] He has had a glass eye since he was four, when he accidentally stuck a knife in his left eye.[6] Career[edit] 1960[edit] As a young man Cooder performed as part of a pickup trio with Bill Monroe and Doc Watson, in which he played banjo. The trio was not a success, (“Well, son, you’re just not ready”, he remembered Monroe telling him after the first and only set he played with them), but Cooder applied banjo tunings and the three-finger roll to guitar instead.[7] Cooder first attracted attention playing with Captain Beefheart
Captain Beefheart
and his Magic Band, notably on the 1967 album Safe As Milk, after previously having worked with Taj Mahal and Ed Cassidy
Ed Cassidy
in the Rising Sons. At a vital "warm-up" performance at the Mt. Tamalpais Festival (June 10/11) shortly before the scheduled Monterey Pop Festival
Monterey Pop Festival
(June 16/18), the band began to play "Electricity" and Don Van Vliet froze, straightened his tie, then walked off the 10 ft (3.0 m) stage and landed on manager Bob Krasnow. He later claimed he had seen a girl in the audience turn into a fish, with bubbles coming from her mouth.[8] This aborted any opportunity of breakthrough success at Monterey, as Cooder immediately decided he could no longer work with Van Vliet,[9] effectively quitting both the event and the band on the spot. Cooder also played with Randy Newman, including on 12 Songs.[10] Van Dyke Parks
Van Dyke Parks
worked with Newman and Cooder during the 1960s. Parks arranged Cooder's "One Meatball" according to Parks' 1984 interview by Bob Claster. Cooder was a session musician on various recording sessions with The Rolling Stones in 1968 and 1969, and his contributions appear on the albums Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed
(Yank Rachell-style mandolin on "Love in Vain"), and Sticky Fingers, on which he contributed the slide guitar on "Sister Morphine". During this period, Cooder joined with Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and longtime Rolling Stones sideman Nicky Hopkins to record Jamming with Edward!. Cooder also played slide guitar for the 1970 film soundtrack Performance, which contained Jagger's first solo single, "Memo from Turner". The 1975 compilation album Metamorphosis features an uncredited Cooder contribution on Bill Wyman's "Downtown Suzie". Cooder also collaborated with Lowell George
Lowell George
of Little Feat, playing slide guitar on the original version of "Willin'".[11] 1970s[edit] Throughout the 1970s, Cooder released a series of Warner Bros. Records albums that showcased his guitar work, initially on the Reprise Records label, before being reassigned to the main Warners label along with many of Reprise's artists when the company retired the imprint. Cooder explored bygone musical genres and found old-time recordings which he then personalized and updated. Thus, on his breakthrough album, Into the Purple Valley, he chose unusual instrumentations and arrangements of blues, gospel, calypso, and country songs (giving a tempo change to the cowboy ballad "Billy the Kid"). The album opened with the song "How Can You Keep on Moving (Unless You Migrate Too)" by Agnes "Sis" Cunningham about the Okies who were not welcomed when they migrated west to escape the Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
in the 1930s – to which Cooder gave a rousing-yet-satirical march accompaniment. In 1970 he collaborated with Ron Nagle and performed on his "Bad Rice" album released on Warner Brothers. His later 1970s albums (with the exception of Jazz, which explored ragtime/vaudeville) do not fall under a single genre description, but his self-titled first album could be described as blues; Into the Purple Valley, Boomer's Story, and Paradise and Lunch
Paradise and Lunch
as folk and blues; Chicken Skin Music
Chicken Skin Music
and Showtime as a mix of Tex-Mex and Hawaiian; Bop Till You Drop
Bop Till You Drop
as 1950s' R&B; and Borderline and Get Rhythm as rock-based. His 1979 album Bop Till You Drop
Bop Till You Drop
was the first popular music album released that was recorded digitally, using the early 3M digital mastering recorder.[citation needed] It yielded his biggest hit, an R&B cover version of Elvis Presley's 1960s recording "Little Sister". Cooder is credited on Van Morrison's 1979 album, Into the Music, for slide guitar on the song "Full Force Gale". He also played guitar on Judy Collins' 1970 concert tour, and is featured on Living, the 1971 live album recorded during that tour. He also learned from and performed with Gabby Pahinui
Gabby Pahinui
and "Atta" Isaacs in Hawaii during the Hawaiian Renaissance
Hawaiian Renaissance
of the early 1970s. He is also credited for guitars on several 1971 recordings by Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra
that were produced by Andy Wickman and Lenny Waronker – "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone," "Hook & Ladder," and "Glory Road." Cooder is credited as a mandolin player on Gordon Lightfoot's Don Quixote
Don Quixote
album in 1972. 1980s[edit] Cooder has worked as a studio musician and has also scored many film soundtracks including the Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
film Paris, Texas (1984). Cooder based this soundtrack and title song "Paris, Texas" on Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)", which he described as "The most soulful, transcendent piece in all American music."[12] Musician Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
has declared Cooder's score for Paris, Texas one of his favorite albums.[13] "Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)" was also the basis for Cooder's song "Powis Square" for the movie Performance. His other film work includes Walter Hill's The Long Riders
The Long Riders
(1980), Southern Comfort (1981), Streets of Fire
Streets of Fire
(1984), Brewster's Millions (1985), Johnny Handsome,[14] Last Man Standing (1996), Hill's Trespass (1992) and Mike Nichols' Primary Colors (1998). Cooder along with Arlen Roth dubbed all slide and regular Blues
guitar parts in the 1986 film Crossroads, a take on blues legend Robert Johnson. In 1988, Cooder produced the album by his longtime backing vocalists Bobby King and Terry Evans on Rounder Records
Rounder Records
titled Live and Let Live. He contributed his slide guitar work to every track. He also plays extensively on their 1990 self-produced Rounder release Rhythm, Blues, Soul & Grooves. Cooder's music also appeared on two episodes of the television program "Tales From the Crypt" – "The Man Who Was Death" and "The Thing From the Grave."[15] In 1984, Cooder played on two songs on the debut album by Carla Olson & the Textones Midnight Mission – "Carla's Number One is to Survive" and the previously unreleased Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
song "Clean Cut Kid". Shortly thereafter he was writing and recording the music for the film Blue City and asked the band to appear in the film performing. (He took them in the studio and produced "You Can Run" which he also played on.) In 1985, Cooder was a guest artist on the song "Rough Edges" from Kim Carnes' album Barking at Airplanes. Kim named her son Ry as a tribute to Ry Cooder. He played electric slide guitar on The Beach Boys' 1988 hit Kokomo. Also in 1988, Cooder produced and featured in the Les Blank
Les Blank
directed concert documentary film Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
& The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces: Let's Have a Ball where he plays in collaboration with a selection of musicians famous in their various musical fields.[16] The following year, he played a janitor in the Jim Henson
Jim Henson
series The Ghost of Faffner Hall, in the episode "Music Is More Than Technique".[17] 1990s[edit] In the early 1990s Cooder collaborated on two world music "crossover" albums, which blended the traditional American musical genres that Cooder has championed throughout his career with the contemporary improvised music of India and Africa. For A Meeting by the River (1993), which also featured his son Joachim Cooder on percussion, he teamed with Hindustani classical musician V.M. Bhatt, a virtuoso of the Mohan Veena
Mohan Veena
(a modified 20-string archtop guitar of Bhatt's own invention) and Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari also known as Pinky Tabla Player. In 1995 he teamed with African multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Toure on the album Talking Timbuktu, which he also produced; the album also featured longtime Cooder collaborator Jim Keltner on drums, veteran blues guitarist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, jazz bassist John Patitucci and African percussionists and musicians including Hamma Sankare and Oumar Toure. Both albums won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for 'Best World Music Album' in 1994 and 1995 respectively. Cooder also worked with Tuvan throat singers for the score to the 1993 film Geronimo: An American Legend. In 1995 he performed in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, a musical performance of the popular story at the Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center
in New York to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. The performance was originally broadcast on both TBS and TNT. It was issued on CD and video in 1996. In the late 1990s Cooder played a significant role in the increased appreciation of traditional Cuban music, due to his collaboration as producer of the Buena Vista Social Club (1997) recording, which became a worldwide hit and revived the careers of some of the greatest surviving exponents of 20th century Cuban music. Wim Wenders, who had previously directed 1984's Paris, Texas, directed a documentary film of the musicians involved, Buena Vista Social Club (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000.[18] The enterprise cost him a $25,000 dollar fine for violating the United States embargo against Cuba.[19][20] 2000s[edit] Cooder's 2005 album Chávez Ravine
Chávez Ravine
was touted by his record label as being "a post-World War II-era American narrative of 'cool cats', radios, UFO sightings, J. Edgar Hoover, red scares, and baseball".[21] The record is a tribute to the long-gone Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Latino enclave known as Chávez Ravine. Using real and imagined historical characters, Cooder and friends created an album that recollects various aspects of the poor but vibrant hillside Chicano
community which no longer exists. Cooder says, "Here is some music for a place you don’t know, up a road you don’t go. Chávez Ravine, where the sidewalk ends."[21] Drawing from the various musical strains of Los Angeles, including conjunto, R&B, Latin pop, and jazz, Cooder and friends conjure the ghosts of Chávez Ravine
Chávez Ravine
and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
at mid-century. On this fifteen-track album, sung in Spanish and English, Cooder is joined by East L.A. legends like Chicano
music patriarch Lalo Guerrero, Pachuco
boogie king Don Tosti, Thee Midniters front man Little Willie G, and Ersi Arvizu, of The Sisters and El Chicano. Cooder's next record was released in 2007. Entitled My Name Is Buddy, it tells the story of Buddy Red Cat, who travels and sees the world in the company of his like-minded friends, Lefty Mouse and Rev. Tom Toad. The entire recording is a parable of the working class progressivism[22] of the first half of the American twentieth century, and even has a song featuring executed unionist Joe Hill. My Name Is Buddy was accompanied by a booklet featuring a story and illustration (by Vincent Valdez) for each track, providing additional context to Buddy's adventures. Cooder produced and performed on an album for Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples
entitled We'll Never Turn Back, which was released on April 24, 2007. The concept album focused on Gospel songs of the civil rights movement and also included two new original songs by Cooder.[23] Cooder's album I, Flathead
I, Flathead
was released on June 24, 2008. It is the completion of his California trilogy. Based on the drag racing culture of the early 1960s, the album is set on the desert salt flats in southern California. The disc was also released as a deluxe edition with stories written by Cooder to accompany the music. In late 2009, Cooder toured Japan, New Zealand and Australia with Nick Lowe, performing some of Lowe's songs and a selection of Cooder's own material, mainly from the 1970s. Joaquim Cooder (Ry's son) provided percussion, and Juliette Commagere and Alex Lilly contributed backing vocals. The song "Diaraby", which Cooder recorded with Ali Farka Touré, is used as the theme to The World's Geo Quiz. The World is a radio show distributed by Public Radio International. In 2009, Cooder performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Cooder performed with Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
and Van Dyke Parks
Van Dyke Parks
on the documentary broadcast on December 13, 2009 on the History Channel. They played "Do Re Mi" and reportedly a couple of other Guthrie songs that were excluded from the final edit. He also traveled with the band Los Tigres del Norte
Los Tigres del Norte
and recorded the 2010 album San Patricio with the Chieftains, Lila Downs, Liam Neeson, Linda Ronstadt, Van Dyke Parks, Los Cenzontles, and Los Tigres.[24][25] 2010s[edit] In June 2010, responding to the passage of Arizona SB 1070, he released the single "Quicksand", which tells the story of Mexicans attempting to emigrate to Arizona through the desert.[26][27] Cooder's critically acclaimed[28][29] new album Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, released on August 30, 2011, contains politically charged songs such as "No Banker Left Behind"[30] which was inspired by a Robert Scheer column.[31] In 2011, he published a collection of short stories called Los Angeles Stories, written about people living in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in the 1940s and 1950s. The book's characters are mostly talented or skilled, clever or hardworking people living in humble circumstances. With story titles such as "La vida es un sueño" and "Kill me, por favor", the collection's stories often have a Hispanic theme, and the book deals partially with Latinos living in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
during this time.

Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
performing with Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs
and Sharon White, McGlohon Theater, Charlotte, NC, August 19, 2015

An American Songwriter article in 2012 suggested that Cooder's recent string of solo albums have often taken on an allegorical, sociopolitical bent. Music journalist Evan Schlansky said that "Cooder’s latest effort, Election Special
Election Special
(released August 21, 2012, on Nonesuch/Perro Verde) doesn’t mince words. It’s designed to send a message to the “'deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar'.”[32] The album (Election Special) was composed as his part in support of the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
in the 2012 American Presidential Election. On September 10, 2013, Cooder released Live in San Francisco, featuring the Corridos Famosos band, including Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jiménez
Flaco Jiménez
on accordion; and the Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil. The album was recorded during a two-night run at Great American Music Hall
Great American Music Hall
in San Francisco, August 31 and September 1, 2011. It is Cooder's first official live recording since Show Time in 1977 (which had also been recorded at Great American Music Hall).[33] In 2015, Cooder toured with Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White and other members of The Whites
The Whites
with their “Music for The Good People” show.[34] The tour continued through into 2016. Awards[edit]

1988 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
(Best Recording for Children) – Pecos Bill, producer (Rabbit Ears Productions) 1993 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
(Best World Music Album) – A Meeting by the River (with Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt) 1994 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
(Best World Music Album) – Talking Timbuktu with Ali Farka Toure 1997 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
(Best Tropical Latin Performance) – Buena Vista Social Club 2003 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
(Best Pop Instrumental Album) – Mambo Sinuendo with Manuel Galbán 2003 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
(Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album) – Buenos Hermanos, producer (Ibrahim Ferrer, artist)[35] 2000 – Honorary doctorate
Honorary doctorate
from Queen's University, Canada 2001 – Honorary doctorate
Honorary doctorate
from the California Institute of the Arts 2017 - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards- Lifetime achievement

Discography[edit] Singles[edit]

"He'll Have To Go/The Bourgeouis Blues" (1977; Reprise Records) "Little Sister" (1979; Warner Records) "Crazy 'Bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know)" Recorded live, October 25, 1980 at Victoria Apollo, London / "If Walls Could Talk" Recorded live, February 26, 1981 at Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California / "The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)" Recorded live, February 26, 1981 at Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California/ "Look At Granny Run Run" Recorded live, February 26, 1981 at Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California (1981; Warner Records) "Gypsy Woman"/ "Alimony" (1982; Nonesuch Records) "Get Rhythm"/ "Get Your Lies Straight"/ "Down In Hollywood" (1988) "Come Down" / "Get Rhythm" / "Little Sister" (1994) "Quicksand" (June 2010)

Solo albums[edit]

Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(December 1970) Into the Purple Valley
Into the Purple Valley
(February 1972) Boomer's Story (November 1972) Paradise and Lunch
Paradise and Lunch
(May 1974) Chicken Skin Music
Chicken Skin Music
(October 1976) Show Time (August 1977) Jazz (June 1978) Bop till You Drop
Bop till You Drop
(August 1979) Borderline (October 1980) The Slide Area (April 1982) Get Rhythm (November 1987) Chávez Ravine
Chávez Ravine
(May 2005) My Name Is Buddy
My Name Is Buddy
(March 2007) I, Flathead
I, Flathead
(June 2008) Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
(August 2011) Election Special
Election Special
(August 2012) The Prodigal Son (May 2018)[36]


Why Don't You Try Me Tonight (1986) River Rescue – The Very Best Of Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(1994) Music by Ry Cooder
Music by Ry Cooder
(1995) (two-disc set of film music) The Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
Anthology: The UFO Has Landed (October 2008)


Tanyet (1967) (with The Ceyleib People) Jamming with Edward!
Jamming with Edward!
( Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed
sessions, 1969, with Nicky Hopkins, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts) (1972) Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
and the Moula Banda Rhythm Aces: Let's have a ball (1988) Rising Sons
Rising Sons
featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
with Rising Sons (recorded 1965/66, released 1992) Little Village (1992) A Meeting by the River
A Meeting by the River
(1993) (with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt) Talking Timbuktu (1994) (with Ali Farka Touré) The Long Black Veil (1995) (with The Chieftains) Buena Vista Social Club (September 1997) Hollow Bamboo with Jon Hassell
Jon Hassell
and Ronu Majumdar
Ronu Majumdar
(bansuri) (2000) Mambo Sinuendo (January 2003) (with Manuel Galbán) San Patricio (March 2010) (with The Chieftains) Live in San Francisco
San Francisco
(September 2013) (with Corridos Famosos)


Performance (1970) The Long Riders
The Long Riders
(June 1980) Southern Comfort (1981) The Border (1982) Streets of Fire
Streets of Fire
(1984) Paris, Texas (February 1985) Music from Alamo Bay (August 1985) Blue City (July 1986) Crossroads (July 1986) Cocktail (1988) Johnny Handsome
Johnny Handsome
(October 1989) Trespass (January 1993) Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) Last Man Standing (1996) The End of Violence (1997) Primary Colors (1998) My Blueberry Nights
My Blueberry Nights

As guest musician[edit]

Safe as Milk
Safe as Milk
(1967) with Captain Beefheart Taj Mahal (1968) with Taj Mahal Neil Young
Neil Young
(1968) with Neil Young Head (1968) with The Monkees Hard 'N' Heavy (With Marshmallow) (1969) Paul Revere & the Raiders Border Town (1969) with Fusion[37] Longbranch Pennywhistle (1969) with Longbranch Pennywhistle Let It Bleed
Let It Bleed
(1969) with The Rolling Stones "Something Better / Sister Morphine" (1969) with Marianne Faithfull Running Down the Road
Running Down the Road
(1969) with Arlo Guthrie 12 Songs (1970) with Randy Newman The Candlestickmaker
The Candlestickmaker
(1970) with Ron Elliott Washington County (1970) with Arlo Guthrie Stained Glass Morning (1970) with Scott McKenzie Sit Down Young Stranger
Sit Down Young Stranger
(1970) with Gordon Lightfoot Stories (1971) with David Blue Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
(1971) with The Rolling Stones Little Feat
Little Feat
(1971) with Little Feat She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina (1971) with Buffy Sainte-Marie Living (1971) with Judy Collins Rita Coolidge
Rita Coolidge
(1971) with Rita Coolidge Petaluma (1972) with Norman Greenbaum Salty (1972) with Alex Richman[citation needed] Sail Away (1972) with Randy Newman Don Quixote
Don Quixote
(1972) with Gordon Lightfoot Hobo's Lullaby (1972) with Arlo Guthrie Rod Taylor (1973) with Rod Taylor[citation needed] Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys
Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys
(1973) with Arlo Guthrie Maria Muldaur
Maria Muldaur
(1973) with Maria Muldaur Good Old Boys (1974) with Randy Newman Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie
(1974) with Arlo Guthrie Stampede (1975) with the Doobie Brothers – slide guitar on "Rainy Day Crossroad Blues" Little Criminals (1977) with Randy Newman Blue Collar (1978) with Captain Beefheart
Captain Beefheart
and Jack Nitzsche (soundtrack)[citation needed] Into the Music (1979) with Van Morrison No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future (1979) Money and Cigarettes
Money and Cigarettes
(1983) with Eric Clapton Midnight Mission (1984) Carla Olson & The Textones (featured on two songs) Bring the Family
Bring the Family
(1987) with John Hiatt Trio (1987) with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt
and Emmylou Harris Live and Let Live (1988) with Bobby King & Terry Evans Mr. Lucky (1991) with John Lee Hooker King Cake Party (1994) with The Zydeco Party Band Ry Cooder/ Lindley Family: Live At The Vienna Opera House (1995) with Joachim Cooder, David Lindley and Rosanne Lindley The Tractors (1994) with The Tractors A Toda Cuba
le Gusta (1997) with the Afro-Cuban All Stars Good Dog, Happy Man
Good Dog, Happy Man
(1999) with Bill Frisell October Road (2002) with James Taylor
James Taylor
(slide guitar on the title track) The Wind (2003) with Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon
(slide guitar on two tracks: "Dirty Life and Times" and "Prison Grove")[38] Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon
(2004) with David Lindley ( on "Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse")[39]


Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
and the Moula Banda Rhythm Aces: at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California; March 25, 1987 (1987), Director: Les Blank, Producer: Ry Cooder, Flower Films and Warner Brothers. Records.

Written works[edit]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Stories, City Lights Publishers (2011)[40]


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External links[edit]

Official website Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(Nonesuch Records) Easy Guitar
Chords Homepage The People Speak on IMDb Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Stories Book Description

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Ry Cooder

Solo albums

Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(1970) Into the Purple Valley
Into the Purple Valley
(1972) Boomer's Story (1972) Paradise and Lunch
Paradise and Lunch
(1974) Chicken Skin Music
Chicken Skin Music
(1976) Jazz (1978) Bop till You Drop
Bop till You Drop
(1979) Borderline (1980) The Slide Area (1982) Get Rhythm (1987) Chávez Ravine
Chávez Ravine
(2005) My Name Is Buddy
My Name Is Buddy
(2007) I, Flathead
I, Flathead
(2008) Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
(2011) Election Special
Election Special

Collaborative albums

Jamming with Edward!
Jamming with Edward!
(1972) Little Village (1992) A Meeting by the River
A Meeting by the River
(1993) Talking Timbuktu (1994) Buena Vista Social Club (1997) Mambo Sinuendo (2003) Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall (2008) San Patricio (2010) Live in San Francisco
San Francisco


Preceded by Kenny Vaughan AMA Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist 2007 Succeeded by Larry Campbell

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Georges Delerue Award

Daniel Schmid (BMD) (1985) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(BUEM) (1985) Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
(BOM) (1986) Pirjo Honkasalo
Pirjo Honkasalo
and Pekka Lehto (BAM) (1986) Benoît Lamy
Benoît Lamy
(1987) Astor Piazzolla
Astor Piazzolla
(1988) Tôru Takemitsu
Tôru Takemitsu
(1989) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(BUMF) (1989) Michael Kamen
Michael Kamen
(1990) Rachid Bouchareb
Rachid Bouchareb
(1991) David Robbins (1992) Hou Hsiao-hsien
Hou Hsiao-hsien
(1993) Frédéric Devreese (1994) Tôn-Thất Tiết (1995) Bruno Coulais
Bruno Coulais
(1996) Vangelis
(1997) Simon Fisher Turner (1998) Rachel Portman (1999) Tan Dun
Tan Dun
(2000) Vladimír Godár (2001) Howard Shore
Howard Shore
(2002) Zygmunt Konieczny
Zygmunt Konieczny
(2003) Miguel Miranda and José Tobar (2004) Stephen Warbeck (2005) Tony Gatlif
Tony Gatlif
and Delphine Mantoulet (2006) Benny Andersson
Benny Andersson
(2007) Tolib Shakhidi
Tolib Shakhidi
(2008) Nathan Larson
Nathan Larson
(2009) Hong-jip Kim (2010) Evgueni and Sacha Galperine (2011) Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas
(2012) Lim Giong
Lim Giong
(2013) Boris Debackere (2014) Johnnie Burn (2015) Johnny Jewel (2016)

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