Fabrizio de Andre - the Italian Bob Dylan
|Fabrizio was quite beautiful|
Some of the music was familiar - he translated Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan into Italian, but he also wrote a great deal of his own. One of the albums that interested me was his response to Edgar Lee Masters 'Spoon River Anthology' - a wonderful volume of poetry where Lee Masters gave voices to all the dead inhabitants of Spoon River and let them tell their life stories one after the other. Fabrizio de Andre, seems to have been heavily influenced by modern poetry and is also regarded as a poet in Italy.
We had a ringside seat from our little table at the back. Alongside the video images and the music, two people took turns to read his lyrics.
It was difficult to find a photograph of him that didn't have a cigarette somewhere attached to his anatomy. Not surprisingly he died of lung cancer at the early age of 59 - he is much mourned here.
You can listen to some of Fabrizio's music on YouTube following this link.
We had a fascinating evening and discovered another aspect of Italy.