Nine Questions

Jackie Alpers is a fine-art photographer whose images have been used to illustrate book covers, magazine articles and advertising campaigns. You can see examples of her images at

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Beach Boys at the Ohio State Fair in 1982.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Roky Erickson, The Evil One; Little Club Jazz: Small Groups in the 30s; The Embarrassment, Heyday 1979-1983; The Strokes, Room on Fire; The Bizarros, Can't Fight Your Way Up Town From Here; R.E.M, Chronic Town; My Dad Is Dead, Chopping Down the Family Tree; New Bomb Turks, Nightmare Scenario.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

My husband, Jason Willis, has one of the biggest music collections that I have ever seen, and he's transferred most of it to MP3s, so all I have to do to listen to whatever I want is tap into his computer from my iTunes.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Sometimes. Legally. iTunes is a lot less complicated for me than Soulseek.

What was the first album you owned?

The first one I remember is a collection of spooky sounds at a haunted house, and I had some Sesame Street records. The first album I bought myself was either David Bowie, Let's Dance, or Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

There will be no funeral. There will be no songs.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

I'm pretty much an open book, but I do have a somewhat embarrassing soft spot in my heart for some very sappy '80s soft rock that might include such songs as "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. And oh, I love Barry Manilow.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

I am eternally grateful for punk rock, which I hold solely responsible for making me the person I am today.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Probably Blondie, Blondie.

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