Marc Ribot’s New Book Reviewed

Source: Yahoo News.

Ribot first rose to acclaim in the 1980s, when he helped create the carnival-inside-a-trashcan soundscapes of seminal Tom Waits albums such as Rain Dogs and Frank’s Wild Years and played with the funky free-jazz hipster favorites the Lounge Lizards. If you’ve never heard Ribot, it’s difficult to get a handle on his unorthodox musicianship. His off-kilter guitar lines don’t melodically cascade so much as fall down the stairs, and yet Ribot’s every choice seems perfectly considered simultaneously to challenge the listener and serve the song.