How? By reading Plato over beats by Yoko Ono, Ric Ocasek and more on his new album.

The new album from John Malkovich is about what one would expect from the idiosyncratic actor: totally unexpected. Arriving Nov. 27 for Record Store Day's Black Friday event, the vinyl-only Like a Puppet Show features 12 remixes of the 61-year-old star reading Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" over a score by composer Eric Alexandrakis. Remixers include Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Dweezil Zappa and former Cars leader Ric Ocasek. Malkovich reflects on the strange project.

 

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