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Tag: Ry Cooder

60s/70s rock +/- pop

Buffy Sainte-Marie — 97 Men (Likely More) Don’t Call Her Honey

In 1963, Buffy Sainte-Marie had the courage to speak out against an undeclared war in which the United States had conscripted 16,000 troops to serve as “advisors,” and consequently, was banned from singing “The Universal Soldier” on US radio and TV until 1965. It is curious to see which countries

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"Gone Dead Train"

Randy Newman: Once a Rocker

Randy Newman once rocked quite convincingly on “Gone Dead Train,” a song that was included in the soundtrack to 1970’s notorious art film, Performance, and was – oddly enough for the prolific songwriter – one that he himself did not write: “Gone Dead Train“ Randy Newman (1969) – Conceptual train

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"Available Space"

“Available Space”: Theme Song for ‘Bay Area Backroads’

About Ry Cooder 1970 promo single — “Available Space” b/w “Brownsville” — Ed Ward once wrote in The Rolling Stone Record Review: Ry Cooder is the finest slide guitarist and mandolinist in rock today, as his work with Taj Mahal and the Stones has amply demonstrated.  ‘Available Space’ is a

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