Pop music, counterculture, movie scores, spaghetti western, progressive rock, obscure psychedelic sounds… What happened in Italy between the 1960s and 1970s opened up endless possibilities for contemporary music. There was a time in which Italian music was both deeply influential on British music and deeply influenced by it. A lively conversation on some secret music history.
Valerio Mattioli is a writer and journalist based in Rome. His book Superonda: storia segreta della musica italiana has chronicled the Italian avant-garde scene in the Sixties-Seventies. As an art curator, he has worked for the Venice Biennale and the Swiss Institute. He is currently an editor at Nero.
Rob Young is a Contributing Editor at The Wire and also writes for Uncut, The Guardian, and Frieze. His books include the critically acclaimed Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music (2010). The first volume of All gates open, a biography of the band Can, is due in spring 2018.
Chair: Beatrice Finauro (music selector, Sugo Collective).