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He lives in L. An old cassette tape, the theft of a manuscript Robinson was working on, and some veiled threats suggest there are larger forces at work. D Hunter is a tough black clad product of crime-ridden Brownsville, Brooklyn, a man whose family has been devastated by violence and who has dedicated himself to protecting people in an age of insecurity. A few famous musicians - John Lee Hooker and Charlie Parker among them - make cameo appearances in these pages, but most of the guitar players, drummers and lounge singers are as unknown as the repossession men, waitresses and mechanics they entertain in forgotten bars and derelict nightclubs.
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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 7.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 14, Tosh rated it it was amazing. The stars are lined up perfectly for musicians who write books. Some of my favorite books are by rock n' roll people i. Patti Smith's "Just kids," and Nick Cave's novels. What you get is a series of snapshots of life in different neighborhoods of Los Angeles, and some of these places don't exist anymore - but yet they live via Cooder's The stars are lined up perfectly for musicians who write books.
What you get is a series of snapshots of life in different neighborhoods of Los Angeles, and some of these places don't exist anymore - but yet they live via Cooder's writing. After reading this book I wanted to rush off and locate volumes on Los Angeles history and its tall tales. All narratives are strong, and very Noir in its approach and the way it looks at urban life. Money is tight, the fear of communism is in the air, and more bad times are just around the corner - yet the eccentricity of the characters are incredibly endearing - even though they're very low-level criminal types or even murderers.
Nevertheless "Los Angeles Stories" is a classic of urban history research and fiction. After each story and while reading them, I was consistently googling to see if they actually exist or not. Some do and some don't and that's all part of the fun. View 1 comment. Jan 11, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-stories , los-angeles , noir. These stories, set between and the s, are not only great L. Noir, but they sing with their own unique brand of chicken skin music. John Lee Hooker puts in an appearance, as does Charlie Parker.
And the stories are rife with musical references: Four Chinese girls were sitting at the corner table laughing and drinking. I knew the place, the Zenda Ballroom, on Seventh and Figueroa. Tetsu Bessho and his Nisei Serenaders played there every Monday night. Jimmy Araki, the sax player, he was sharp. Joe Sakai was cute. The girls spoke English with a lot of hip slang, like musicians use, and as far as I could tell they were no different from any other American girls, except they were Chinese.
In fact, Cooder has a real ear for the race and ethnicity of his characters, from black musicians to Mexican Pachucos to white trailer trash to Chinese cooks. Born in Santa Monica, he also has a great sense of place. Los Angeles Stories consists of eight tales, one better than the other. Insofar as I know, this is the only fiction he ever wrote; but I hope it is not the last. Too much, and fate pays a call.
La Visita, my grandmother called it. In my humble opinion, Ry Cooder is even a better writer. Believe it! His prose, in turn, is rich in sound — echoes of blues, jazz, boleros — in this superb debut of tales set in L. Cooder writes with Chandler-esque pepper and an eye for c "On his records, Ry Cooder specializes in the talking blues, modernizing the struggle and humanity in his source materials — folk and public-domain covers, the rhythms of Tex-Mex and Chicano culture — with narrative grit and immediacy.
Cooder writes with Chandler-esque pepper and an eye for character. A dental technician plays killer steel guitar; a guy who collects info for the city directory is an accidental shamus.
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John Lee Hooker gets a cameo, and at the end of one story, a ghost hangs around his garage, listening to 78s. Cooder shouldn't stop making records. Jan 17, Lostaccount rated it it was ok. Quickly grew bored with these attempts at noir stories which all seemed the same, a murder, crime, "dame" in trouble etc. Was very little to distinguish the narrator of each story set in Los Angeles of more than half a century ago.
The writing was muddled at times and confusing, especially with all that Spanish thrown in. I didn't have a clue until after I'd read them that they were written by a jazz musician. Lots of jazz stuff in there plus corny old-fashioned noir style dialogue and hard-nose Quickly grew bored with these attempts at noir stories which all seemed the same, a murder, crime, "dame" in trouble etc. Lots of jazz stuff in there plus corny old-fashioned noir style dialogue and hard-nosed prose which only half worked most of the time - it was all a bit self-conscious.
By the third story I felt I was getting nothing back. You know that painful feeling you get when you're slogging through a book just to finish it but not enjoying it and really want to stop? That's how this book made me feel. Nov 19, Ginny rated it it was amazing. It took me a while to understand the way in which these stories are connected, but once I figured it out I thought this was a fascinating, imaginative book. Mar 02, Sam Quinones rated it it was amazing. Lively writing and curious plots make for a solid collection of stories by my guitar hero of years ago.
Cameos by folks like John Lee Hooker spice up the enchilada along the way. Read it, don't leave it behind! May 14, GlenK rated it really liked it Shelves: short-story-novella , literature. The stories are variable collections of stories almost always are but all are full of well-described life and characters. These two read like miniature noir novels, with passive protagonists, femme fatales, corruption, and sweet revenge.
View 2 comments. Jul 15, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: automobileculture , fiction , amer-west , redneck-noir , lit , short-stories , ufos , ellay , ca-l-i-fornia. An excellent collection of short stories Influenced by Nathanael West, steel guitars, Raymond Chandler, and old cars I hope he publishes more of these Sep 30, Rick Reno rated it really liked it. Cool stories, well-told Some readers have been disappointed not to see the same virtuosity in his writing words as his writing music ; I disagree.
He's a great storyteller either way and, if the genre -- the street vernacular of the southwest in the fifties -- isn't your cup of tea, that's not his shortcoming. It might not be great literature, but they are good stories well told! Nov 01, patty rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , read A wild romp of interweaving hepcat stories from midcentury Los Angeles. Aug 18, Tucker rated it really liked it. Not much of a review here If you like Ry's music, you'll almost certainly enjoy the book; these stories are so like his songs.
If not, then not. Sep 08, Oriana marked it as to-read Shelves: to-read-soon. Blending commentary with memoir, Ulin addresses the importance of the simple act of reading in an increasingly digital culture. Reading a book, flipping through hard pages, or shuffling them on screen--it doesn't matter.
The key is the act of reading, the seriousness and depth. Skip to main content. Search form Search. Advanced Search. 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.