Ry Cooder and His Street-Corner Symphony of Old L.A.

By Bradley Bambarger <2005>

Ry Cooder is a master of musical reclamation, having dusted off everything from classic Tex-Mex and Hawaiian styles to folk-blues and, most famously, Cuban son. But the veteran guitarist/composer — and producer of Buena Vista Social Club — is also a man with a socio-political tale to tell.