Marc Ribot

Memphis Flyer

With a Single Guitar, Marc Ribot Levitates Crosstown Concourse

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Pioneer Press

Jazz guitarist and composer Marc Ribot plays Icehouse on Tuesday

Genre-spanning, prolific New York guitarist/composer Marc Ribot, who plays Nov. 16 at Icehouse in Minneapolis, has bounced back strongly from his pandemic layoff. Earlier this year Ribot and his band Ceramic Dog released a new album, “Hope,” and Ribot recently published his autobiography, “Unstrung: Rants and Stories of A Noise Guitarist.”
Columbus Alive

Guitarist Marc Ribot continues to find beauty in the struggle

In Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist, a collection of essays by Marc Ribot, released in August, the musician describes his relationship with the guitar as one of continuous struggle, writing, “I’m constantly forcing it to be something else: a saxophone, a scream, a cart rolling down a hill….”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Guitarist Marc Ribot shows his way with words in 'Unstrung'

“Unstrung” is proof that the iconoclast Marc Ribot has a way with words commensurate with his guitar virtuosity. An eminence on the New York scene for decades, Ribot has collected what he subtitles the “rants and stories of a noise guitarist.” This flotilla rocks even when it’s distasteful, and virtually all the work is subversive, though some pieces are more persuasive than others. A brilliant sideman and fearless band leader, Ribot has worked with the Rootless Cosmopolitans, Los Cubanos Postizos (the Prosthetic Cubans), Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, and countless avant-garde musicians and singers.
NYS Music

Acclaimed Guitarist Marc Ribot Unleashes Another Power Solo in his Literary Debut

Throughout his 40-year career, guitarist Marc Ribot has defied expectations and genre boundaries at every turn. He’s been the go-to guy serving up a singular fusion of rootsy Americana meets outré noise jazz meets Cubano swing with everyone from Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Nora Jones and Diana Krall to John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, the Black Keys and the inexhaustibly productive John Zorn. Now with Unstrung: Rants and Stories of A Noise Guitarist (Akashic Books), Marc Ribot is stepping into the spotlight with his literary debut. And it is one as fresh, fiercely focused, unpredictable and delightfully disorienting as his masterfully knotty guitar work.

Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist (Akashic), by Marc Ribot

Guitarist Marc Ribot emerged from New York City’s “Downtown scene” where CBGB’s stood and experimental musicians played loft parties before the district was gentrified. A recording artist in his own right, Ribot gained the reputation as the go-to guy for edgy guitar, having played with everyone from Robert Plant to Tom Waits. He’s now the author of a memoir-manifesto, Unstrung.
Literary Hub

Marc Ribot Makes the Case for Loud Music

Hi. My name is Marc. I’m a guitarist who points extremely loud amplifiers directly at his head. Very often. Sometimes as often as 200 nights a year for the past 45 years. Audiologists say this could make one’s ears howl, create an uncomfortable sensation of density in one’s head, and eventually make it impossible to hear human conversation. Yet I persist . . . Why?