Alec Wilkinson on Ry Cooder’s withdrawal from performing, and the new album “Live in San Francisco,” his first live record in over thirty-five years: http://nyr.kr/1hV3lf8
“He didn’t like being watched. He didn’t like the pressure of having to deliver a performance—as opposed to just playing music—and he didn’t like being analyzed by the guitarists who stood as close as they could to try and figure out what he was doing. The whole experience was draining. After a concert, he once said, he felt like a withered balloon under a chair at the end of a children’s party.”
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