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|Born||24 November 1964
Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
|Genres||Alternative rock, Madchester, electronica|
|Associated acts||Happy Mondays, Big Arm|
He was an active member of the band from its inception in 1983 through to 2000 and was often credited for giving the band their trademark groove upon which some of their biggest hits were built. His bandmates included his brother Shaun Ryder, Gary Whelan, Mark "Bez" Berry, Paul Davies and Mark Day. It was during his tenure with the band that it had its biggest successes with albums such as Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches which sold more than 350,000 copies in the UK alone.
Although best known for his role in the Happy Mondays, he has also acted in several films, "The Ghosts of Oxford Street", "Losing it" and gave a critically acclaimed performance in the film about his band, "24 Hour Party People" where he played the part of a gangster. Actor Paul Popplewell played the part of Paul Ryder in the film. He has also appeared in many TV shows both as an actor and music industry pundit and commentator.
He left Happy Mondays to pursue other projects including writing music for several TV shows and forming a new band Big Arm, who released a critically acclaimed album in 2008 called Radiator. Big Arm supported Ian Brown on a UK tour in 2008 and featured his longtime collaborator Pete Smith as programmer, Danny Short on drums and Daz Gilkinson on guitar, as well as Happy Mondays former percussion player Lea Mullin.
He has also worked as an international DJ playing to large crowds around the world. He is currently living in Los Angeles where he continues to write music with his new band. He supported Tom Tom Club on two of the dates on the North America tour in October 2010, playing gigs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was joined by fellow musicians Eddy Gronfier (from French act One-T), Neo Garcia on drums and Matt Cheadle on guitar. His solo album is due for release in 2017.
In January 2012 it was announced that Happy Mondays were reforming with all of the original members, including Paul Ryder. Happy Mondays continue to perform live shows around the world and a new album is rumored to be in the pipeline.
In December 2012 Paul Ryder's then ten-year-old son Chico was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma and underwent ten months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Paul Ryder and his wife and partner of 17 years, Angela Smith, spoke out about how cannabis oil had helped his son through treatment and Chico has become an advocate campaigning for safe and legal access to cannabinoid therapy for all cancer patients. Happy Mondays played a fundraising gig for Chico at the Palace Hotel in Manchester in October 2014.
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- Willis, John. Screen World, Vol. 54: 2003 Film Annual. New York: Applause, 2003. 274.
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