Ry Cooder Pens Fiction Collection

 

Takes a look at bygone
eras, seamy underbellies, and strange things happening…

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Ry Cooder’s new album ‘Pull
Up Some Dust and Sit Down’
 was
released last week (watch for the BLURT review shortly), and now the master
guitarist has his first collection of short fiction en route.

 

Due next month is Los
Angeles Stories
, from San Francisco’s City Lights Books, and it’s 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.

Cooder will be on hand Oct 5 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and Oct 12 at Book Soup and Nov
6 at Skylight Books in LA: http://bit.ly/nbHwCT

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