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Monday, July 30, 2012

Ry Cooder Tackles Romney, Occupy, and More

One of the great guitarists, songwriters and folklorists of recent decades, Ry Cooder, is out with a new album, Election Special,  in a few days, previewed here by The New Yorker.   I met Ry back in my 1970s Crawdaddy daze, and he's become increasingly "political" ever since, whether it's covering Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man" or writing his own Depression/Recession classics.   His pro-Occupy classic "The Wall Street Part of Town," first released a months ago, remains one of the best tunes to come out of the movement. The new album includes "Mutt Romney Blues," sung by poor Seamus:  Where I’m goin’ I just don’t know / Po’ dog got to bottle up and go.”  Here the promo for it:

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