Don't let the fact that I am calling Marc Ribot a thinking musician distract from the raw and the righteous aspects of his playing and of this book. You have to love something completely to want to look for a way out. Here is more proof of Marc's love and understanding of music, of those who make it and of all the imaginings that it might jar loose!
–Arto Lindsay, musician
Marc Ribot, the thinking person's roving guitar wrangler, always has something on his mind. It's great to drift around in the woods and fields (and airports) behind the forehead of this man one's known before mostly by the music he's made. Take a ramble with Marc.
–Richard Hell, author of I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp
Ribot is his own man. He does not have a persona; he has a guitar, and he knows its humble anatomy and eventful history as well as just about anyone...Don't be fooled: like Monk, Marlon Brando, Bob Dylan, and other skilled practitioners of broken American poetry, Ribot is a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device. –New York Times
Marc Ribot is often described as a downtown NYC jazz luminary. Despite the cool reverence carried by the tag, it fails to adequately summarize his extraordinary genre-bending career. Having served the music industry for almost forty years, Ribot is associated with almost every notable act within our cultural purview today...Dedicated to fighting for economic justice in the digital domain, Ribot has been at the forefront of the battle to secure fair remunerations for content creators. –Guernica
Few musicians embody the melting pot of the downtown scene quite like Ribot. His music is a cerebral distillation of a sweeping spectrum of influences: Afro-Cuban rhythms, '80s No Wave, Eric Dolphy, Django Reinhardt, Ornette Coleman, Blind Willie Johnson, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Keith Richards, Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Robert Quine...the list goes on. Through his work, music legends rarely seen in the same sentence meet onstage. –Village Voice
Few artists are as adventurous, imaginative, and uncompromising, and even fewer could hope to find a home, as Ribot has, in such diverse realms as jazz, pop, rock, blues, and klezmer. –All About Jazz
Marc Ribot is one of the true revolutionaries of the guitar. It's not that he can do just about everything that's possible (and many things that are considered impossible)–he's completely rethought the guitar–it's role, what it does, what it sounds like. –John Zorn, producer, composer, and musician
As Eric Clapton was to the 1960s and early '70s–the preferred guitar specialist everybody wanted on their records–Marc Ribot is to the '90s and beyond. –East Bay Express
In a time when nationalism seems to be far too en vogue for comfort, you can always count on certain voices being raised (shouted?). Ribot was one of those voices before, and there's no way he's going to shut up now. –PopMatters