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Ry Cooder : Mr Guitar...Mr Authenticity - The Audiophile Man
Title: Boomer’s Story Label: Music On Vinyl “Rock as it is known today just doesn’t interest me at all,” said Ry Cooder to The Guardian in 2011. “I hate commercial music. If I hear that money in it, all that winking and nodding… It kills me.” He looks for authenticity, you see. Ry Cooder – from the general public’s side of the fence – seems to have spent his entire life looking at and playing the music of the American past as well as current and classic music from other cultures. His hunger for musical knowledge means that, in addition to being able to play just about any chord-structured instrument on the planet, he has tackled a whole host of musical styles from rock’n’roll, blues, reggae, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland jazz, country, folk, R&B, gospel and vaudeville. Apart from having six Grammys on his mantlepiece, he was partially responsible for bringing together the Cuban legends known as the Buena Vista Social Club to public fame while recording with a host of legends from other cultures including Ali Farka Toure and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. So he is often labelled with the professorial term, musicologist. A term he dislikes, “That’s just idiocy to …