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
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.
Barry makes his living as a rigger and stage hand for I.A.T.S.E. Local 127
in Dallas but is still waiting for the "Big Break" in the music business.
Some people just never give up!
Collectors of Barry's art
include Al Jourgensen, the Dallas Arboretum and the Science Place.