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Marc Ribot
Background information
Born (1954-05-21) May 21, 1954 (age 62)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Genres Experimental, alternative, avant garde, electronic, hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Antilles, Avant, DIW, Atlantic, Tzadik, Pi
Associated acts Lounge Lizards, Shrek, Los Cubanos Postizos, Bar Kokhba Sextet, Electric Masada, Jazz Passengers, Young Philadelphians, John Zorn, Tom Waits
Website www.marcribot.com

Modern instruments were designed to throw sound all in one direction.
I claimed identity as Jewish musicians for political reasons, because most of us were touring in Germany and, at this time, twelve years ago, there was a strong resurgence of Nazism in the places we were touring and part of that was on the music scene.
Marc Ribot
Influence, people think about it as someone you like but influence is also what you're revolted by. In fact, often it's what you're running away from.
Marc Ribot
Jazz is a music of great achievements but speed and chops serve a different function in jazz.
Marc Ribot
I hate nostalgia, I want nothing to do with it.
I'm not a really good classical guitarist by any means, but what I learned from this is a way of working very slowly on solo pieces and I enjoyed working on these pieces of John's. They were not written for solo guitar but a lot of them were easy to adapt.
Marc Ribot
Good is the director who lets you do what you have to do.