|Barry was born on
December 18th, 1952 in Austin , Texas . After 11 unproductive years of
public school in Irving, Texas, he joined the Army and volunteered for
duty in Viet Nam. Luckily for him, he was sent to Korea instead and was
honorably discharged in 1974 . In 1975, he joined Dallas band the “Nervebreakers”
and opened shows for the “Ramones”, the “Police”, the “Boom
Town Rats”, the “Clash” and the “Sex Pistols”. After the
Pistols show, Barry received international attention when his picture
appeared in the March, 1978 issue of Rolling Stone . After 6 years with
the “Nervebreakers”, Barry formed the “Barry Kooda Combo” and
then “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”, opening for the “Circle Jerks” and
others . In 1989, Barry saw one too many bad art shows and set up an
anti-art show, "Stamp Out Art: Anyone Can Do It". Im making
the fourteen tongue in cheek works, he started to like carving in slate
and began to study and steal ideas from cave paintings. In 1991, Barry
formed the “Cartwrights” with Alan Wooley and Donnie Ray Ford and in
1994, Barry joined with Al Jourgensen of “Ministry” to play at the
Bridge School benefit with “Pearl Jam”, Neil Young and Tom Petty .
In 1998,Barry released a solo CD entitled "Crossin the
Line" to rave reviews and is receiving nation wide airplay and
actually hit the top spot on charts in Belgium. Collectors of Barry's
art include Al Jourgensen, the Dallas Arboretum and the Science Place .
Barry makes his living as a rigger, carpenter and stage hand for I.A.T.S.E. Local 127 in Dallas and has done working tours with Fleetwood Mac, The Dallas Symphony and others. Barry's always looking for the next oportunity so drop him a line if ya got work.