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Name: Lee Ranaldo  
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Date of Birth: 3rd February 1956
Place of Birth: Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA
Profession: Composer
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Lee Ranaldo at Ilosaarirock 2003

Lee Ranaldo (b. February 3, 1956) is an American singer and guitarist, probably best known as a cofounder of the rock band Sonic Youth.

Ranaldo was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. He has one son, Cody Linn Ranaldo, and is married to the experimental artist Leah Singer, with whom he has performed many live intallation pieces with improvised music.

Among Ranaldo's solo records are Dirty Windows, a collection of spoken texts with music, and Amarillo Ramp (for Robert Smithson), pieces for the guitar. His books include Bookstore, Road Movies, and Jrnls80s. A full-length book of writings on Moroccan travels and music, as well as a book of new poems, Lengths & Breaths, will be out soon. Recent visual work has been included in exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in London and the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ranaldo has produced albums for Babes in Toyland, You Am I, Deity Guns, and others, including Dutch art rock-ensemble KLEG. He also released a book of his poetry (published by Soft Skull Press), and has edited a volume of tour journals from the 1995 Lollapalooza Tour written by Thurston Moore, Beck, Stephen Malkmus, Courtney Love, and others. Ranaldo worked with jazz drummer William Hooker on improvised music, and reading and improvising poetry.

Ranaldo usually uses Fender Jazzmaster electric guitars, with radically altered tunings, and modifications.

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