December 28, 1939 |
New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Novelist, Travel writer, Lyricist|
|Notable work(s)||On Mexican Time
Tony Cohan (born December 28, 1939) is an American travel writer, novelist, and lyricist. His best known work of travel writing is On Mexican Time. His novel Canary was selected New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and his novel Opium was a Literary Guild Selection. His memoir Native State was chosen Los Angeles Times Notable Book of the Year. His essays, travel writings, and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Times of London.
He was a jazz drummer as a teenager, and attended Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1962, he drummed for Dexter Gordon and Bud Powell in Copenhagen. Later in that year, he drummed for Tete Montoliu and Memphis Slim in Barcelona. He worked as a studio musician with Lowell George, Ry Cooder, and others. During the 1970s he designed media campaigns for musical artists including Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, and Prince. In 1975 he founded the long-running independent press Acrobat Books, publishing nonfiction books in the arts.
- Flame: Notes on the Writer's Art (1983) (ISBN 0-9182-2610-4)
- Mexicolor: The Spirit of Mexican Design (with Masako Takahashi and Melba Levick) (1998) (ISBN 0-8118-1893-4)
- On Mexican Time (2001) (ISBN 0-7679-0319-6)
- Native State (2003) (ISBN 0-7679-1022-2)
- Mexican Days (2007) (ISBN 0-7679-2091-0)
Essays and short stories
- Nine Ships (1975) (ISBN 0-9182-2600-7)
- The Flame (1983) (ISBN 0-9182-2610-4)
- Outlaw Visions (with Gordon Beam) (1987) (ISBN 0-9182-2604-X)
- "Samba L.A."
- "The Embrace"
- "High Wire"
- "On Mexican Time - A New Life In San Miguel". Urban Mozaik. 2001-03-01. Retrieved 10 January 2011.