September 03, 2001
Ry Cooder fined $25,000 for
Ry Cooder fined $25,000 for Buena Vista Social Club:
Posted by Bill Stilwell at September 03, 2001 12:00 AM
A couple of years ago Los Angeles guitarist Ry Cooder made a documentary film in Havana called "The Buena Vista Social Club." It was nominated for an Academy Award and was seen by millions of Americans. Some have said it has done more to improve relations between US and Cuba than 42 years of rhetoric by the politicians on both sides of the Florida Straits. An August 18 report in the Santa Monica Daily Breeze indicates that Cooder has now been fined $25,000 by the US Treasury Department for spending money in Cuba without its permission.