Blues legend Ry Cooder is still struggling to make money from music, despite having been a celebrated singer/songwriter since the 1960s.

The PARADISE AND LUNCH star confesses he has honed his skill for spending money over the years, but still hasn't succeeded in making as much as he'd like to.

He says, "I keep thinking, if you can break even, you're doing all right.

"But that takes some doing. It's easy to spend money in music, but hard to make it.

"I hope the record company can straighten me out on the cost of the record, as an advance, so I can get the money back in the bank account."

Despite the phenomenal success of the BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB soundtrack seven years ago (98), which saw Cooder perform with Cuban music legends IBRAHIM FERRER, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa and Ruben Gonzalez, the rocker admits he has spent all his royalties.

Cooder adds, "I made some good money on Buena Vista, but it's all gone now."

19/06/2005 10:41