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RY COODERs new CD, My Name is Buddy, released today, is a parable of the radical imaginationit details the life, rambles, and political education of Buddy Red Cat. Ry is joined on the CD by Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Van Dyke Parks, and Flaco Jiminez, among others. The CD comes with a book of vignettes about each song and drawings by Vicent Valdez. Ry Cooders last CD was Chavez Ravine; his Buena Vista Social Club changed the world.
Plus: President Bush says Iran is meddling in Iraq: ADAM SHATZ says Iran might have legitimate interests in what is, after all, its own geographic neighborhood. Adam is literary editor of The Nation; recently he wrote about Iran and Iraq for the LA Times Current section.