Q: What does your father say to you when you use your art, which you learned in church, for something as profane as rock music?
T: Of course he wanted me to compose church music. In the meantime he learned, but I can’t bring him to read the Gnostic writings. That’s the border he will never cross.
Q: He is only consistent with the church, the Gnostic writings don’t belong to the bible’s canon.
T: Instead of saying, okay, we accept the Gnostic writings as the lost son of the Bible’s canon, he defends this decision. That is why on the cover of Boys for Pele I was breastfeeding a piglet. Because the piglet is not kosher.
Q: Above all it is the worst kind of blasphemy.
T: It is the best kind of blasphemy.
Q: You’re not welcome in Catholic countries.
T: But I’m not a Catholic, I am a Gnostic. In early Christianity, I would have followed the Gnostic direction. But I live today and therefore I believe in the power of the myths, in what Joseph Campbell called “the power of the myths”. In American schools you won’t learn much about these myths.