NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS: WHEN BUDDY GUY’S BLUES MEETS GRATEFUL DEAD

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What happens when Buddy Guy meets the Grateful Dead? The question may need to be corrected. Need to ask when does Buddy Guy’s blues meet the Grateful Dead’s psychedelic jam? The magic happened in Milan during the North Mississippi Allstars concert at Spazio Teatro 89. The band led by the Dickinson brothers – in the power trio version – performed a 2 hours and 15 minutes live show rejecting any “music label.” North Mississippi Allstars’ philosophy? Jamming, jamming and jamming. Following the mood of the evening, I started a photographic session interrupting myself often, to try to get even more in tune with the band’s vibes. Shot by shot I explored with my FujiFilm X30 the visual nuances of blues and rock. There is nothing better than frames supported by music, you know! Jamming, jamming and (photo) jamming!

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AFTERHOURS: THE STORY OF A 2003 LUCKY FRAME

 

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Storage could kill a frame. The mind of a photographer is always focused on shots to come. The shots then flee from memory until someone retrieves them. When Afterhours’ celebrative box set (book + 4 CDs) was released in 2017 I was deep in my photo projects so I hadn’t paid much attention to that record release dedicated to the band I had loved so much in the early 2000s. Two years later I bought the box set at a cheap price and I discovered that one of my shots had been included in the book.

The frame in question, taken in Milan, mid February 2003, portrayed the band in action at the Triennale Museum in Milan: it was a special live performance (2 sets) in the middle of an art installation inspired by Italian writer Italo Calvino’s book Città Invisibili. During the photo session (with a Pentax Espio) I took care to portray the scene comprehensively, showing the band really immersed in the art installation and in touch with the audience. Manuel Agnelli, the Afterhours frontman, appreciated my point of view and asked for prints for his personal archive. At the time I had some meetings and lunches with him because I was in contact with the indie label Afterhours signed with. That shot of the Afterhours’ Triennale performance is a lucky frame: it risked ending up lost in my photo archives but it was saved by a publishing project.

Below more pics from the Afterhours’ Triennale shows.

 

THE LATEST 2018 PN’P ISSUE

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The latest 2018 Plug n’ play issue with my articles and pics. Thanks to Swedish progressive rock band Anekdoten and French rocker Nico Duportal (shots taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5).

MC5 50th ANNIVERSARY

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<Kick Out the Jams… Motherfuckers!> On November 21 at night a sonic revolution was played on stage! People were ready to join Brother Wayne Kramer & Friends (Kim Thayil of Soundgarden; Marcus Durant of Zen Guerrilla; Brendan Canty of Fugazi; and Billy Gould of Faith No More). Militant riffs spawned from Kramer’s and Thayil’s guitars and exploded among the audience; in the background the rhythm section moved forward as a mighty tank on the battlefield; a voice cut the air screaming iconic songs. <Kick Out the Jams… Motherfuckers!> An army of eyes and ears recorded voraciously a piece of future . <Art and creativity will provoke Resistance!>, Brother Wayne said… [All shots taken with FujiFilm X30 during November 21 MC5‘s live performance at Alcatraz, Milan. Thanks to Margaret & Danny.]

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A ROCK NIGHT

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Friend composer and musician Paolo Ricca with John Etheridge of Soft Machine during an amazing music night at La Casa di Alex, Milan [shot taken with Fuji X100]

STRAIGHT OUTTA ROME’S SUBURB

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Straight outta Rome’s suburb Tuscolano, La Fabbrica dell’assoluto brings to the public’s attention again the sound/voice of George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian reality.

They are as mighty and powerful as the hardest and most organized rock armada and they have a clever intelligence that leads them to look at the past with respect but never with reverence.

La fabbrica dell’assoluto manages a Seventies progressive band’s typical idea of a “concept album” with the critical vision of the contemporary world: the band’s main cultural goal is to celebrate again the marriage between music and civil society.

And if that were not enough, all this is done by the voice of a frontman able to combine the vocal range of Italian singer and actor Massimo Ranieri and the raw rock consciousness of Roger Daltrey of THE WHO.

If you were looking for real news in the rock music scene, stop and listen to La fabbrica dell’assoluto!

P.S. Hoping La fabbrica dell’assoluto‘s next album will be produced by Trent Reznor!!!

[Shots taken with FujiFilm X30 during FIM 2018]

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LA FABBRICA DELL’ASSOLUTO

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Italian high energy hard rock-punk-prog band, La fabbrica dell’assoluto live a FIM (Fiera Internazionale della Musica), Milano, June 2, 2018. The band is led by singer/vocalsit Caludio Cassio, an explosive mix between Italian singer and actor Massimo Ranieri and Roger Daltrey of  THE WHO. [Shot taken with FujiFilm X30] Thanks to Donato Zoppo & Verdiano Vera.