Caroline Ryder
Caroline Ryder

Caroline Ryder is a music, art and culture writer who splits her time between the high desert and Los Angeles. She has written for the LA Weekly, LA Times, New York Magazine, Variety and Dazed & Confused Magazine. She lives with a blind dog called Fuzz, a nature photographer called Barb, and a Ufologist called Ramona. She co-wrote GWAR’s forthcoming biography, and her favorite star is Betelgeuse.


Location: Los Angeles / Morongo Valley

Expertise: Underground art, music, film and culture

Inspiration: Desert sunsets, the Viking planetarium show at Griffith Park Observatory.

Favorite place to get away in your area: Jogging the Morongo Valley Natural Preserve; getting lost among the Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park; having a soak at Miracle Hot Springs.

Artist/creative you’d want to have lunch with: Manly P. Hall, Frank Zappa or Carl Jung. Alive, it would have to be polka dot artist Yayoi Kusama, Alejandro Jodorowsky or my neighbor Udo Kier.

Most over-hyped artist: Williams Burroughs’ spray can art was pretty dumb.

Perfect soundtrack for writing: Brian Eno, Music for Airports

Why you love where you live: Friendly roadrunners. Stargazing. The Integratron. Santana’s Mexican food. Being Udo Kier’s neighbor. Cheapness.

Recent Articles
Sun Records: Hackstronomists Make Art From Solar Sound
Sun Records: Hackstronomists Make Art From Solar Sound
Artists Mark Farina and Matthew Horne converted a radio telescope to absorb the sun's rays, transforming the waves into audible sounds, high-pitched blips to Yoko-esque wails to white noise like the ocean. It's sun music for desert lands.
Bob's Crystal Cave
Bob's Crystal Cave
Enter the Crystal Cave. Inhale the musty air, the scent of glue and dreams. Revel in the tiny sea of gold light illuminating a sea of turquoise and pink chrysacolla stones. Welcome to Bob's Cave, a hidden desert treasure.
Meet The New Aquarians
Meet The New Aquarians
The Source Family, a 1970s mystical tribe from L.A., lived by 'Aquarian' principles of love, whole foods, Eastern and Western spiritual teachings, and rock 'n' roll.
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