Ry Cooder’s Los Angeles Stories

Post-war Los Angeles was doubtless a swell place to live if you were a movie star, Hollywood mogul, business tycoon, captain of industry, political big-wig, gangster or otherwise a money-bags, cosseted by wealth, not much in life you couldn’t afford.

March 2012

I went to the Star-Club once, but I didn’t see The Beatles. They'd long since left the building, playing their last residency there 50 years ago, in 1962.

Barack Obama causes sales of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ to go up by 490%

Sales of Al Green's soul classic 'Let's Stay Together' have gone up by almost 500% after US president Barack Obama surprised a packed crowd by singing a couple of lines from the track at a fundraiser in New York last week.

Lubomyr Melnyk: “The Voice Of Trees”

Mildly annoying evening last night, as I watched the ecstatic tweets coming in from the Lubomyr Melnyk show at Café Oto, unable to be there myself. Comfort came from the Ukrainian pianist’s new album, “The Voice Of Trees”, which I think has been one of my favourite personal discoveries of the last month or two.
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