Creuza de mà by Fabrizio De André

SERIES: Seven Albums to Tell a Century
SPEAKER: Gino Castaldo
DATE: Thursday, December 1, 6 p.m.
PLACE: Sala del Refettorio

The twentieth century was the century in which popular music transformed in style, purpose, and soul; it transitioned from amusement to art; it had an impact on language, culture, and customs; it created one market and unlocked others; it told stories and accompanied history. Italian song has therefore undergone a further, profound change since the second half of the century, with the emergence of a generation of songwriters who have been able to weave stories and history, express individual passions and group emotions, and give substance to dreams, visions, hopes, and desires. Through seven albums, Ernesto Assante attempts to retrace the development of popular music in the 20th century. He selects ten masterpieces that everyone should be familiar with and adore. Seven essential phases are required to comprehend who we are and where we are going to go.


Journalist, critic and music promoter, he writes for the newspaper la Repubblica since its founding. He has been holding the "Lezioni di rock. Viaggio al centro della musica" since 2005 alongside Ernesto Assante, with the goal of better understanding the background of those who have become rock legends, with the use of guided listening, videos, and documentaries. Together with Ema Stokholma, he has been hosting the Back2Back program on Rai Radio 2 since 2017. He authored the books Il romanzo della canzone italiana, Einaudi, 2018, Lucio Dalla (co-authored with Ernesto Assante), Mondadori, 2021, and Beatles and Rolling Stones. Apollonian and Dionysian, Enaudi, 2022.

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