On writers and spinning vinyl

Sunday 03 November 2019, 18:15
Coronet Theatre, Studio

From the dawn of pop and rock culture, through the transformations of society and music technologies, music has deeply affected the morals, dreams, politics, and lives of generations of people. At the same time, generations of talented writers have charted music scenes and music icons, and the eternal interplay between the mainstream and the innovators of alternative music. In this panel discussion, a legendary British music critic with a flair for great writing, and an Italian novelist with a flair for music and pop culture discuss their love for the music of heroes, anti-heroes, poets and muses that have radically changed their lives and their work.

This event will be in English and partly in Italian with English translation provided.

Running time: 80 minutes.


Matteo B. Bianchi

is a novelist, editor, and radio and tv writer. After editing a collection of Andy Warhol's quotes, he published his debut novel Generations of love in 1999, followed by a string of novels and other projects, often infused with music references and a deep knowledge of pop culture. His books have been translated in France, US, and other countries. His latest book is Yoko Ono – Dichiarazioni d’amore per una donna circondata d’odio (2018, Add Editore), an original portrait of artist and singer Yoko Ono.

Ian Penman

described by Iain Sinclair as “a laureate of marginal places”, Ian Penman began his career in 1977 at the NME, later contributing to various publications including Uncut, Sight & Sound, The Wire, The Face, The Guardian, and the LRB. He collected some of his writing in the book Vital signs: music, movies, and other manias (1998). It Gets Me Home, This Curving Track (published in 2019 by Fitzcarraldo) is his first book in 20 years, featuring a cast of musical geniuses such as the Mods, James Brown, Charlie Parker, Elvis Presley, Steely Dan and Prince.


Marco Mancassola

is a London-based writer and the author of Last Love Parade, an essay on the history of dance culture mixed with personal memoir.