Cooder, born in Los Angeles in 1947, is a guitarist, composer and
producer, though he gained his world-wide reputation primarily as
He played in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, and has also accompanied
such artists as Gordon Lightfoot, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton,
Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker and many others.
Although influenced early on by blues, he became a pioneer in resurrecting
the traditions of "World Music," a concept that was entirely
new at the time. He devoted himself to Country and Folk music, Calypso,
Hawaiian music, Gospel, Salsa, Jazz, Ragtime and Vaudeville.
Ry Cooder has composed soundtracks for more than twenty films, among
them Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas", and "The End of Violence."
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