What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
Seeing Fellini's 8 1/2 when when I was 12 years old changed my life. I remember thinking, `I don't understand what's going on at all,' and for some reason, that made me wildly happy.
Also, hearing Albert Ayler on record helped me understand that music can fulfill a function other than entertainment, and that approach might even be necessary in a certain way.
Seeing Arto Lindsay (DNA, Ambitious Lovers, etc) play guitar and hearing Fred Frith improvise were also incredibly important to me. Both things gave me courage, and it dawned on me, `Wow, you're allowed to do this.'
Guitarist Marc Ribot—who's played with everyone from Robert Plant and Tom Waits to John Zorn and the Lounge Lizards, performs solo at An die Musik Friday night. He's just released a strange and beautiful record called Silent Movies.