“THE ROLLING STONES – 50 YEARS”: MONSTER-MEGA 2000 PAGES+EBOOK / A VERY SPECIAL PREVIEW: AN UNFORGETTABLE INTERVIEW WITH MICK JAGGER

“THE ROLLING STONES – 50 YEARS”: MONSTER-MEGA 2000 PAGES+EBOOK – The Early Stones

The German start-up The eBook People GmbH, a spin-off of the publishing house The Interview People GmbH (www.theinterviewpeople.com), is going to release its first comprehensive eBook in July which will feature the 50th stage anniversary of the band The Rolling Stones. Title: “The Rolling Stones – 50 Years”, Subtitle: “Views From The Inside – Views From The Outside”.

The eBook will be released in two parts. It will contain archive material from newspapers: old (partially not yet digitalized and inaccessible) articles, interviews, audios and images and put them all together in a two part ebook containing more than 2,000 pages! Part one will feature the first 25 years in 25 single chapters. Same with the second 25 years.

All of this is going to be edited and introduced by a great music journalist who is also working for the biggest national daily newspaper in Switzerland. His name is Hanspeter Künzler and among others he also works for Germany’s biggest music magazine “Musikexpress.”

The eBook is available at amazon.com, iTunes and selected publishing houses cooperating with The eBook People GmbH. Vogue Magazine is already covering it:
http://www.vogue.de/kultur/kultur-blog/total-stoned-ein-mega-e-book-zu-den-rolling-stones-ist-in-planung


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MICK JAGGER: “YOU DON´T WANT TO PARTY EVERY NIGHT WITH THE DRUGS AND THE GIRLS AND THE ROCK’N’ROLL BUT SOME NIGHTS YOU MIGHT”

An unforgettable interview (2003) from The eBook “The Rolling Stones – 50 years”

Credit: Patrik Mallberg / The Interview People

“THE ROLLING STONES – 50 YEARS”: MONSTER-MEGA 2000 PAGES+EBOOK – The Early Stones

Paris in spring 2003, several weeks before the Stones kicked off their 2003 world tour. There is music coming out of the lobby bar at one of the most famous hotels in Paris. One sign that we’ve popped into a very special place is the pricing of two long drinks and a club sandwich. You can almost afford an inner European flight for that money – and I’m not talking economy class. Three other German journalists have the pleasure to talk to Mick before I get to do it. And you never know: do they ask questions that will make him upset? Is he not going to be in the mood for any further conversation with a journalist? But it doesn’t seem so. Mick’s publicist, a very kind , friendly and funny guy takes me up the stairs to the first floor. “Don’t you wanna look into my bag in terms of security,” I ask the gentleman. Walking half a meter before me he turns his head around, smiles and says: “Nope, we are not Madonna.”

Entering the room Mick appears to be so much smaller than you know him from TV appearances. Smiling, he welcomes me with a hand-shake and is ready to talk right away…

Hi Mick, what have been your career highlights?

Mick Jagger: It was great to getting the band going the very first time because you start to be successful for the first year or first couple of years and you´re like: All your little teenage dreams are, so to speak, coming true and you feel young and very ambitious and you’re starting to be successful – that feels really good, like getting your first job, doesn’t it?

What about the bad times?

Mick Jagger: Bad times. There’re lots of bad times in a career, you know. The Rolling Stones have had a pretty long career and always there´s been good things and bad things. People die, you know. But I mean I guess most of the times it´s been pretty positive.

What would you do if you had the chance to use a time  machine?

Mick Jagger: It´s quite interesting, you know. Do you ever read history books about “What if?”. What if Napoleon had conquered Russia and then it wouldn´t be like … and so it´s interesting if you follow these books through to their logical conclusions but it´s not really interesting unless you can do that. You know it is easy for me to say: Would have been nice if I had been a film director or a ballet dancer or an accountant. What would have happened? But you don’t know the answer.

Do believe in fate?

Mick Jagger: I don´t. But the problem is that your not completely in control of your life when you´re young. 

Have you ever told your children to do or not to do  something because of your experience?

Mick Jagger: You´re always telling and that’s what it is to do, it’s parenthood. What you do is giving parts of your experience to them. I mean, you don´t always save them from real life. Or you can use examples. That´s what you do with children all the time. 

Someone once said: If you don´t advance, you´re dead. So:  How far can you still advance after your big success?

Mick Jagger: You have to keep yourself from just repeating yourself. It´s very difficult to do in anything. Wether you´re a writer or a journalist or a painter. Especially the rock business is very narrow. It´s like a very narrow political party with very few views in it. And as soon as you´re striving it goes: “Oh no, wait a minute!” If you do a rock show with 25 half naked dancers, everyone goes: “Oh no but it´s awful, you can´t do that!” So the confines of it are very narrow and it´s very hard to keep anything interesting going within the narrow confines. So there are many, many conventions that you have to keep up.

Do you think that bands these days also have the chance  of becoming as big as the Stones are?

Mick Jagger: I think so. I mean the only thing is it´s been going longer as a musical form. So rock music as defined by, let’s say four blokes playing in a band, was quite new in the early 60ies. But now it´s 40 years old as you put it out. The whole idea and form is older now. So how many generations? Two? Three generations? So it´s like an old thing being handed down now. It´s probably more difficult to make such splash as it was, for that reason.

Do you have to do so much light show and other stuff on  stage?

Mick Jagger: It depends where you´re touring. In the early 60ties where you were playing in theatres, people don´t do a tremendous amount of all that stuff. And it was going on in the sixties. That´s where it all started, I mean there were a lot of that. But we´re going to play a theatre show that is very little, so in the Circus Krone show shouldn’t be much pyrotechnics. But if you´re playing in a bigger stadium, you gotta do something visual. You can´t just go on. That’s like a guitarist view of world.

Doesn’t that keep the attention away from the audience?

Mick Jagger: Yeah, but I think that really when you go to a big stadium show the people that go, “the punters” as we call them, are not really just going to hear some pristine music, it´s just a sort of allround experience. It´s halfway between going to a football match and a music show. You´re really looking forward, you want something to enhance your experience visually. To amplify and enhance the experience you need a bit more than just the music. The thing is that musicians think that´s all the people want, but I don´t share that view. 

Are you very extraordinary when it comes to choose the  hotel room or suite?

Mick Jagger: I don´t know, not really. (laughs) It´s sort of silly. When I´m working I like to have certain things. When I´m not working I do not really care about them very much. But when you´re working you want certain things. I don´t like to have a noisy traffic too much because then I can´t sleep for the show. The problem is: When you´re working you don´t want to sleep late because you want to be ready for a nine o´clock show rather than nine to five job. So I don´t like staying in the hotels that are noisy. 

You are over 60 years of age. Do you still like to party with the girls, drugs and Rock´n´Roll after every show?

Mick Jagger: No, you don´t want to party every night with the drugs and the girls and the Rock’n’Roll but some nights you might … 

Are the hotel-lobbies still as crowded with groupies as they used to be?

Mick Jagger: Well, some places are good. But it is not really where you look for your entertainment, to be honest.

What music are you currently listening to?

Mick Jagger: I don´t know, I listen to a lot of stuff that I bought when I was to see what´s in the store. The other day I bought some new records. I listen to some jazz. I mean I listen to everything to be honest. I´ve been to India, listened to a lot of Hindi-dance-music, it´s like pop here in England. 

Someone said that this tour was announced to be the last …

Mick Jagger: Well, I don´t know. You know, that’s the entertaining thing: You don´t really know what´s gonna happen. I´m planning and trying to work out what´s gonna happen next. So I´ve been working on what´s gonna happen at the next Rolling Stones shows.   

1.000th “I LIKE” FOR THIS BLOG: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

 

A few days ago WordPress informed me that my blog has counted the “1.000th Like”. So, thank you so much  for your friendship, appreciation and kind support. And thanks also to my YouTube channel visitors. In the last days I got over 8.000 views for my art videoclips. If you want to glance at them, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/lacerazioni You’ll be welcome to the wonderful world of “Lacer/actions” videos… A world made of colors, emotions, sounds and sensorial me(a)ssages…

 

1.000 “MI PIACE” PER QUESTO BLOG: GRAZIE MILLE!

Qualche giorno fa WordPress mi ha informato di avere raggiunto i 1.000 “mi piace” espressi dal pubblico per questo mio Blog. E così: grazie…1.000 a tutti per l’amicizia, gli apprezzamenti e l’incoraggiamento. E grazie anche ai miei visitatori sul canale di YouTube, dove ho superato gli 8.000 downloads dei miei art videoclips. Se volete dare un’occhiata, questo è il link: http://www.youtube.com/user/lacerazioni . Sarete i benvenuti nel meraviglioso mondo dei videoclips di “Lacer/azioni”… Un mondo fatto di colori, emozioni, suoni e me(a)ssaggi sensoriali…

WORDS WRITTEN BY BLINKINGS: THE “UPSETTING POETRY” OF ROBERTO FABBRINI, AFFECTED BY ALS

 The incredible story of a poet and theater director who is living together with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

 

Words that come from blinkings. Words that take life and form from the soul’s deepest places. Words that flow from pain and from days, months and years marked by a terrible disease, the ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. And this three letters word ironically and provocatively stands on the cover of a recent book by Roberto Fabbrini, edited by non-profit organization Osa and published by Fondazione Alberto Colonnetti. Its title is “Cantata in Sla Maggiore” (“Cantata in Major ALS”).

The book also collects the previous works that Roberto Fabbrini had published since 2006/2007: “Le ombre lunghe della sera” (“The evening’s long shadows”), “Controcanto” and “Il respiro degli angeli” (“The breath of the angels”) . The 256 pages tell – in the harsh, cruel, atrocious and vehement poetry language – the human journey of Roberto Fabbrini. Born and living in Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena, Italy), writer and theater director, lover of life and art, since 2004 Roberto is living together with ALS, a disease that attacks and destroys the motor neurons which determine the muscles movement. The book follows the same progressive “way” of Roberto, who at the beginning was still able to compose on the laptop keyboard, moving hands and fingers. Then, the progression of disability, up to total paralysis, pushes Roberto to communicate only with his eyes: special pc sensors “translate” blinkings in written words.

The eyes are the only body part that is resistant to paralysis. And the eyes become the filter, the special screen, from which Roberto’s life passes and flowes. Roberto is spectator and protagonist at the same time. A book, this one, that displaces us. It catches us off-balance. It throws us in the row of those thoughts inevitably ending in silence. Faced with searing poetry of Roberto Fabbrini – rooted in the devastation of a disease that takes away everything but the awareness and lucidity to be – there’s nothing to say, there is nothing to comment, there is nothing to whisper.

We only need the silence. The real, dark, deep, mysterious and deafening silence. The true silence, which is also expressed through the wonderful photos accompanying the poems; the images were taken by my fellow photographer Andrea Fabbrini (he’s Roberto son).

It’s only in the silence that we can hear Roberto Fabbrini’s cry. A chilling, hard, upsetting and poignant cry, which echoes from page to page. A cry that creates pain. A suffering voice that creates a “controcanto”. These are the thoughts that the great Italian author Andrea Camilleri wrote introducing “Controcanto” chapter: “I was really striked by the term “contro” (it means “against”, in Italian). In Roberto Fabbrini condition, being “against” could easily and perhaps naively be interpreted like to be “against” his illness, his misfortune, as poet Leopardi says. But the amazing thing it is that – thanks to this “against” – Roberto lyrically got rid of prisons of his body and he was able to draw, from this experience, a positive message for everyone. “

It’s true. Though he’s imprisoned in his ALS disease – relentless and inexorable disease – Roberto Fabbrini screams his humanity as a free man. A scream without a voice. A scream that has the lightness of an eyelid beat. A scream that leaves us stunned and, for this, even more conscious.

Roberto Alborghetti

“CORRIERE DI SIENA” newspaper has published (Decembre 11, 2011) ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S article dedicated to ROBERTO FABBRINI ‘s POETRY

IL CORRIERE DI SIENA (11 dicembre) ha pubblicato l’articolo di Roberto Alborghetti dedicato a Roberto Fabbrini

PAROLE SCRITTE CON LE PALPEBRE: LA SCONVOLGENTE POESIA DI ROBERTO FABBRINI, PARALIZZATO DALLA SLA

Parole che nascono da un battito di palpebre. Parole che prendono vita e forma nei mendri più profondi dell’anima. Parole che sgorgano dal dolore, dai giorni, dai mesi e dagli anni di una malattia, la SLA, sclerosi laterale amiotrofica. Ed è proprio alla SLA che queste parole si collegano, fin dal titolo – “Cantata in SLA Maggiore”– che campeggia ironicamente e serenamente provocatorio, sulla copertina di un recente volume di Roberto Fabbrini, curato da Osa Onlus ed edito dalla Fondazione Alberto Colonnetti. Un libro che raccoglie anche i precedenti volumi che Roberto Fabbrini aveva pubblicato a partire dal 2006/2007: “Le ombre lunghe della sera”, “Controcanto”, “Il respiro degli angeli”.

Le 256 pagine raccontano, con il linguaggio della poesia – cruda, crudele, atroce e veemente – l’itinerario umano di Roberto Fabbrini. Originario e residente ad Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena), scrittore e regista teatrale, innamorato della vita e dell’arte, Roberto dal 2004 convive con la SLA, malattia che aggredisce e distrugge i motoneuroni che determinano il movimento dei nostri muscoli. Il volume segue progressivamente lo stesso “cammino” di Roberto, che all’inizio riesce ancora a comporre sulla tastiera del computer, muovendo mani e dita. Poi, la progressione dell’infermità, fino alla totale paralisi, spinge Roberto a comunicare solo con lo sguardo, percepito dai particolari sensori di un pc che “traducono” in parole scritte i battiti delle sue palpebre. Gli occhi sono l’unica parte del corpo che resiste alla paralisi. E gli occhi diventano il filtro, lo schermo speciale, da cui passa e transita la vita di Roberto, spettatore e protagonista allo stesso tempo.

Un libro, questo, che spiazza, che prende in contropiede, che scaraventa nel girone di quei pensieri che inevitabilmente si concludono nel silenzio. Di fronte alla lancinante poesia di Roberto Fabbrini – radicata nella devastazione di una malattia che toglie tutto, ma non la consapevolezza e la lucidità di essere – non c’è nulla da dire, non c’è nulla da commentare, non c’è nulla da sussurrare.

Serve solo il silenzio, quello vero, cupo, profondo, misterioso e assordante, come è solo il vero silenzio: lo esprimono anche le stupende fotografie che accompagnano le composizioni poetiche, immagini fotografiche scattate dall’amico Andrea Fabbrini, figlio di Roberto. Ed è solo nel silenzio che possiamo udire il grido di Roberto Fabbrini: risuona di pagina in pagina, agghiacciante, duro, sconvolgente e struggente. Un grido che è dolore e crea dolore. Un grido che si fa canto e controcanto, appunto. Giungono a proposito le parole dello scrittore Andrea Camilleri che nella prefazione a “Controcanto” scrive: “Questo “Controcanto” mi ha veramente colpito. Mi ha colpito proprio il “contro”. Nelle sue condizioni il contro potrebbe facilmente e forse ingenuamente essere interpretato come un “contro” verso la sua malattia, la sua sfortuna alla Leopardi, diciamo. Invece la cosa sorprendente è proprio che grazie a questo “contro” si è riuscito a sbarazzare liricamente delle sue prigioni corporee ed è riuscito a trarre da questa esperienza un messaggio positivo per tutti.”

E’ vero: pur imprigionato nella malattia – una malattia implacabile ed inesorabile – Roberto Fabbrini urla la sua umanità di uomo libero. Un urlo senza voce. Un urlo che ha la levità di un battito di palpebre. Un urlo che ci lascia attoniti e, proprio per questo, anche più coscienti.

Roberto Alborghetti

Se vuoi, puoi lasciare il tuo messaggio per Roberto Fabbrini.

 

 

CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIA THROUGH “NEW EYES”

Roberto Alborghetti interviews Tessa Jolls, President of CML, Center for Media Literacy, based in Malibu (Los Angeles, CA).

 

The media literacy is one of the most important questions faced today by culture, education and communication world. The same goal, from 1998, is shared in United States of America by Center for Media Literacy, CML, an organization based in Malibu, Los Angeles, State of California (www.medialit.org). I wanted to know more about its activities and so I met and interviewed CML President, Mrs. Tessa Jolls.

 

– Mrs. Tessa Jolls, where and when was founded CML?

The Center for Media Literacy was founded in Los Angeles, CA, in 1989 as a non profit. In 2006, CML was restructured and incorporated as a for-profit. The consortium for media literacy was founded as a non-profit in 2007 as a project of international humanities center.

 

– What is the most important mission of your organization?

To advocate for media literacy, to provide practical, research-based tools and resources for media education.

 

– Who support your efforts and activities? Are there attentions from central and local governments?

We receive grants from State and Federal government agencies, but we also have clients (schools and organizations) who pay for consultation, training and curriculum.

 

– Which is the opportunity that CML’c activities give to educators, teachers and to the young people?

The primary benefit of media literacy education is making wise choices possible, since media literacy enables critical analysis of media messages and an understanding of the role of media in our society.

 

– Do you think that the american situation – speaking about kids, schools and media education – is not so different compared to other countries of the globe?

Every country is affected by the impact of media, since media is so pervasive in our cultures, regardless of physical boundaries. Parents everywhere are concerned that their children be wise consumers of media as well as responsible producers of meda. Preparing productive, discerning citizens is of concern globally.

 

– Have you noticed positive effects in people who were involved in CML activities?

Through the years, we have seen many people become passionate advocates of media literacy. Being media literate changes the way that people see the world; once people see media through “new eyes,” they realize the importance of understanding media and how it works in our society.

 

– What is your personal message to schools and teachers who are invited to join your web site?

Global media binds people from throughout the world together because media represents our ideas and our behavior, regardless of where we are from or what we believe. Just as we have common media, we must have common understanding of how media systems work and how we can represent ourselves most effectively. This is our opportunity and our challenge, and we welcome all to take up this important work.

 

www.medialit.org

 

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CML: UNO SFORZO COMUNE

PER VEDERE I MEDIA CON “NUOVI OCCHI ”

 

Roberto Alborghetti intervista Tessa Jolls, Presidente del CML (Center for Media Literacy) organizzazione molto attiva negli Stati Uniti d’America nell’educazione ai media.

 

L’educazione (e la comprensione) ai media è una delle questioni he toccano il mondo della cultura, dell’educazione e della comunicazione. Su queste realtà è molto attivo, negli Stati Uniti d’America, il CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY, che ha sede a Malibu, Los Angeles, California (www.medialit.org) . Ho voluto sapere di più sull’esperienza di CML; ho incontrato ed intervistato la Presidente dell’organizzazione, la signora Tessa Jolls. Ecco l’intervista.

 

1 – Quando e dove è stato fondato CML (Center for Media Literacy)?

IL CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY (CENTRO PER LA COMPRENSIONE E L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA) È STATO FONDATO A LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, NEL 1989 COME UNA ORGANIZZAZIONE NO-PROFIT. NEL 2006 CML È STATO RISTRUTTURATO E COSTITUITO IN UNA SOCIETÀ FOR-PROFIT. IL CONSORZIO PER L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA (CML) È STATO FONDATO COME ENTE NO-PROFITO NEL 2007 NELL’AMBITO DI UN PROGETTO DELL’ INTERNATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER.

 

 

2 – Quale è la più importante finalità della vostra organizzazione?

È QUELLA DI PROMUOVERE L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA, DI FORNIRE STRUMENTI PRATICI E DI BASE PER FAVORIRE L’EDUCAZIONE AGLI STRUMENTI DELLA COMUNICAZIONE.

 

 

3 – Chi sostiene i vostri sforzi e le vostre attività? Ci sono attenzioni da parte dei governi locale e nazionale?

NOI RICEVIAMO DELLE DONAZIONI DA PARTE DELLE AGENZIE DELLO STATO E DEL GOVERNO FEDERALE, MA ABBIAMO ANCHE INTROITI DA PARTE DI UTENTI (SCUOLE ED ASSOCIAZIONI) AI QUALI SONO FORNITI SERVIZI DI CONSULTAZIONE, FORMAZIONE E PROGRAMMI DI STUDIO.

 

 

4 – Quali le opportunità che le attività di CML offrono a formatori, insegnanti ed alla popolazione giovanile?

IL PRIMO VANTAGGIO DELL’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA È QUELLO DI RENDERE POSSIBILI SCELTE INTELLIGENTI, IN QUANTO L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA RENDE CAPACI DI ANALIZZARE CRITICAMENTE I MESSAGGI DIFFUSI DAI MEDIA E DI CAPIRNE IL RUOLO RICOPERTO NELLA NOSTRA SOCIETÀ.

 

 

5 – Pensa che la situazione negli USA – parlando di ragazzi, scuole ed educazione ai media – non sia così differente rispetto ad altre Nazioni del globo?

TUTTE LE NAZIONI SONO COLPITE DALL’IMPATTO DEI MEDIA DA QUANDO ESSI SONO DIVENTATI COSÌ PERVASIVI NELLE NOSTRE CULTURE, INDIFFERENTI AD OGNI LIMITE FISICO. DAPPERTUTTO, IN OGNI LUOGO, LE FAMIGLIE SONO INTERESSATE DAL FATTO CHE I PROPRI RAGAZZI DEVONO ESSERE SAGGI UTENTI DEI MEDIA COSI COME RESPONSABILI PRODUTTORI DEI MEDIA. È UN INTERESSE GLOBALE PREPARARE CITTADINI PRODUTTIVI E PERSPICACI, IN GRADO DI DISCERNERE.

 

6 – Avete notate effetti positivi nelle persone che sono state coinvolte nelle attività del CML?

NEL CORSO DEGLI ANNI, ABBIAMO VISTO MOLTE PERSONE DIVENTARE APPASSIONATI SOSTENITORI DELL’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA. L’ESSERE IN GRADO DI CAPIRE I MEDIA, CAMBIA IL MODO DI VEDERE IL MONDO. QUANDO LA GENTE VEDE I MEDIA CON “NUOVI OCCHI” ESSA CAPISCE L’IMPORTANZA DI COMPRENDERE I MEDIA E QUANTO CIÒ CONTA NELLA NOSTRA SOCIETÀ.

 

 

7 – Quale è il vostro personale messaggio alle scuole ed ai formatori che sono invitati a collegarsi al vostro sito web?

I MEDIA GLOBALI LEGANO INSIEME LA GENTE DI TUTTO IL MONDO PERCHÉ I MEDIA RAPPRESENTANO LE NOSTRE IDEE E IL NOSTRO COMPORTAMENTO, INDIFFERENTEMENTE DA DOVE NOI SIAMO E IN COSA NOI CREDIAMO. PROPRIO PER IL FATTO CHE ABBIAMO IN COMUNE I MEDIA, NOI DOBBIAMO AVERE UNA COMUNE COMPRENSIONE DI COME LAVORA IL SISTEMA DEI MEDIA E DI COME NOI POSSIAMO RAPPRESENTARE NOI STESSI IN MODO PIÙ EFFICACE. QUESTA È LA NOSTRA OPPORTUNITÀ E QUESTA È LA NOSTRA SFIDA E NOI SIAMO LIETI DI ACCOGLIERE TUTTI COLORO CHE PRENDONO PARTE A QUESTA IMPORTANTE OPERA.

 

www.medialit.org

 

 

SWEET P, THE STORY OF THE L.A. GUY WHO DREAMS TO ENTERTAIN THE WORLD…

 IT’s out “Super Bad”, the new album “very carefully produced, composed, written, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered” by Sweet P The Entertainer. I met him in June 2009 along the Walk of Fame. He was offering his demo cd to tourists… A story from the Dreaming America and from the Dreams that come True.

 

This is a story of a guy who dreamed to have a place in the music world. His name is Sweet P The Entertainer: “and he’s just what his name embodies”, he loves to say of himself.

I met him in june 2009, in Los Angeles, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A destiny’s sign? Yes, I think so. As other guys – singers, composers and musicians – he was running after tourists, offering them a demo cd with his music. He kindly stopped me and talked me about his compilation album – 16 tracks – home produced, home recorded and home manufactured. I remember what he said me : “Trust me, I’m the hottest music producer around here. This album home made is a tight blend of hip-hop, r’n’b, pop, rock and latin…All music is produced by me…Trust me”. I trusted my gut, as psychiatrist and Harvard clinician dr. Srini Pillay says about the role of intuition in his “The Brain and Business” book. I bought the compilation for some dollars. That guy thanked me smiling: “I’m the new Michael Jackson!”

It was June 2009 ( I had just left LA and I heard the sad news about the King of Pop’s death…) Back home, I put the compilation on cd player. That guy was right! Good hip-hop music. Nice vocal production. Beautiful rhythms and melodies. Accurate additional programming. A soulful atmosphere colored by a touch of pop and latin too. I contacted him via e-mail and I expressed my compliments.

The official biography – so ironical and disenchanted – tells about him: “ He’s a very well rounded Artist & Musician. He produces & engineers his own music, writes his own songs as well as sings & raps all the vocals. He plays several instruments including acoustic piano and acoustic guitar and is an electrifying performer on stage! Sweet P’s not only a great musician but he’s also an highly accomplished business man as well! He’s established himself as CEO of his own independent record label entitled “Rich Dreams Music” and does all of the promotion, marketing and management work himself on as well as off the internet! Please enjoy all of Sweet P’s videos and look for his new album coming this Summer/Fall…Thanks for your support, Stay Gold! Peace”.

 From then, we kept in touch through web sites (Myspace, Youtube, Facebook). Sweet P has been updating me about the preparation of his album. He worked so much. He suffered so much. But he never gave up. He likes to say about himself: “They didn’t believe in me but I believed in myself!” Bold and tenacious. He really deserves attention and respect, for his faith, for his enthusiasm.

Sweet P was impressed by my “psycho artworks” and we had a sort of video collaboration. In 2010 he sent me an abstract from his “Sweet P Lean” mixtape and I created a clip, ispired by his soundtrack. The result was a video, “(HIP) POP”, showing ten pop-oriented images; it intended to be also a sort of homage to the great pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997).

 And at last… A few days ago I receive this message: “Hey friends and fans it’s Sweet P The Entertainer! My new album will be soon available… It was very carefully produced, composed, written, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered by myself and the first single & video is coming soon! In the meantime you can download my 8 song mix-tape for free on the datpiff link below and please feel free to share it with all of your close friends! My single from that mix-tape is entitled “Hey Girl”. You can check it out on my youtube channel as well. So thanks in advance for the support! Stay Gold, Peace. Sweet P The Entertainer”.

Well done, guy! I’m glad for you… Your dreams came true. I wish you all the best success! Yes, touching stories may born along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where people still hope and dream…

 Roberto Alborghetti

 LACER/ACTIONS – HIP (POP), CLIP 2010 (Sweet P Lean Mixtape)

 http://youtu.be/5hp52ET0-AM

 http://animoto.com/play/8QlPf1zadi2UT1WtwoY0Jg

 SWEET P OFFICIAL SITE

http://www.sweetptheentertainer.com/index.html

Sweet P The Entertainer Presents “Hey Girl”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYprOsHd4e8

Download “The Sweet P Lean” Mixtape for Free!

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“LINGER”: JOSHUA SELLERS MEDITATIVE MUSIC MEETS ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’ S ARTWORKS

Four blue colored images merge into the meditative sound of the Usa composer and producer. A videoclip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.

 

The meditative music created by Joshua Sellers – composer and producer – meets “Lacer/Actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti in a videoclip titled “Linger”. Made by Earscapes, the video presents a Joshua Sellers soundtrack accompanied by four images comin’ from the huge collection of Roberto Alborghetti (pics of torn posters and papers “captured” on cities walls). The pics – their titles are: “A quiet summer afternoon”, “A teardrop on your face”, “A wave on a shore” and “My dreams in a lonely night” – have the blue as a prevailing color. They suggested to Joshua Sellers to produce a clip “for the contemplative eye and ear”.

Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti are very glad about this collaboration borned and created in distance thanks to the web: Joshua lives in Arkansas (Usa) and Roberto overseas, in Italy (Europe). The meditative and slowly electronic sound of Joshua Sellers merge into the “Lacer/Actions” images that Roberto Alborghetti takes from ads billboards all around the world. A beautiful experience of sounds and colors (lenght: 9 minutes and 44 seconds). Josua Sellers said about it: “I do think that art and music can be a way of creating a meditative space, to slow down. It’s something I am naturally drawn towards I think.“

ABOUT JOSHUA SELLERS

Joshua Sellers ( www.earscapes.com ) has attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying music composition. Over the years, Joshua has worked as a performer, songwriter, producer, engineer, DJ and musical collaborator in classical, rock, folk, jazz, avant-garde, electronica and ambient music. As a member of the pop-rock duo Joker, Joshua released the album Homecoming in 2009.

In addition to musical projects, Joshua Sellers has been given an arts grant by the state of Louisiana for a poetry reading at the Masur Museum of Art (1996). Joshua has also been a co-editor of Hart Beats, a journal of philosophy and spirituality published in Monroe (1996-1998).
Joshua has long been fascinated with the sound textures. As a child, he would play with tape recorders, altering the tape speed or running the tape in reverse. Joshua Sellers: “I discovered that you could use a recording device not simply to document sound, but to create unique sounds never heard before.”

Reviving his interest in these childhood experiments, Joshua first began recording ambient music under the pseudonym Murmur in 2003. Rather than rely on the latest state-of-the-art synthesisers, Joshua uses found sounds, toy keyboards, electric guitars and shakuhachi as sound sources.
Joshua Sellers: “In music, we place traditional musical elements like rhythm, melody and harmony in the foreground and so we tend to not notice the actual texture as much. In my music, that’s a perception I want to reverse.”
In 2010, Joshua Sellers completed his first full-length album of ambient music, Amniosis. A new EP, State of Flux, is due to be released later in 2011, followed by a large-scale work, Elemental. Joshua Sellers: “I like to think of my pieces as enigmatic abstract icons, each providing a quiet meditative space and luminous presence of its own.”
Joshua Sellers currently lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, with future plans to emigrate to New Zealand.

LINK TO “LINGER” VIDEOCLIP

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTtli44H66w

 Joshua Sellers websites:

http://www.youtube.com/user/earscapes

www.earscapes.com

http://earscapes0.wordpress.com/

THE ROLE OF INTUITION IN BUSINESS

Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders”: it’s a new book by Dr. Srini Pillay, who provides evidence-based research on the importance of “trusting your gut”.

Intuition—a “preemptive sense that something is happening” –occurs because our brains make up their minds with early subtle information, says Srini Pillay, M.D. In other words our brains, at a subliminal level, are capable of recognizing patterns , accurately evaluating situations and coming up with a plan.” Many leaders are highly intuitive, says Dr. Pillay, but too often struggle with how much to trust their gut reactions, and in that struggle lose something extremely valuable, both personally and professionally.  Brain science can help us understand why to harness intuition and how to do this more effectively.


Dr. Pillay’s insights are well worth paying serious attention to. A highly respected psychiatrist (Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) and Invited Faculty at Harvard Business School, he is also a neuroscientist with 17 years of brain imaging research at Harvard as well as a successful business owner and executive coach (
www.neurobusinessgroup.com). Having closely studied the role of intuition, Dr. Pillay provides evidence-based research on the importance of “trusting your gut” in business and devotes an entire chapter to this in his new book, Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders (FT Press, 2011).
 
In the book, which is now being used as a basis for leadership development in several companies, Dr. Pillay tells the story of a client he once coached who did trust her intuition even though all factors pointed her in a different direction.  She interviewed for a senior management position with a significant pay raise, more flexibility, and more responsibility,  The Fortune 500 company wanted to hire her.  But as she walked around meeting people she detected fear and threat from the employees. With no rational reasons, just the “discomfort” she felt, she turned down the offer.  A few months later, the company had suffered a collapse that led to a significant restructuring that would have left her without a job.  As Dr. Pillay concluded, “It was fortunate she was listening to these signals from within. I think this is an excellent cautionary tale for anyone to consider.”  
 
Dr. Pillay is also the author of Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear (Rodale, 2010), which won the Books for a Better Life Award for Best Motivational Book for 2010 award, and in which he offers perspectives on empathy, remorse and the brain.  That book, also voted one of the top five health books for 2010 by Men’s Journal, will be out in paperback this August 30.

FROM TORN POSTERS TO SILK SCARVES

 

 My Lacer/actions artworks also transformed in textiles designs.

The dirty and torn papers of the advertisings posted on the walls of our cities have now become silk scarves too! After to be already transferred on canvas, lithographies and videoclips, my “Lacer/actions” artworks were transformed in silk textiles thanks to collaboration of Bruno Boggia Studio (Como, Italy) who for over sixty years has been working with the most famous designers and fashion brands in the world (Capucci, Lacroix, Valentino, Lancetti, Mila Schon, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Y.S.L., Etro, Escada, Donna Karan, Paul Smith, Rolando Santana…).

Bruno Boggia, with the invaluable assistance of his daughter Lucia, and with the support of his staff, helped me in the selection of artworks to be converted into silk scarves. And so, within a few days, the challenge reached the finish line. The images of that dirty and ripped paper have changed now in the elegance, delicacy and sheen of silk scarves.

The photographs of a couple of scarves, reproduced in this page, they are going to demonstrate it. Images about ripped and dirty advertisings, left to decompose on the walls or billboards, are now soft silk scarves, ready to be worn.

By Roberto Alborghetti

LINK TO VIDEOCLIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3ZQYB7r2sQ

 

DALLA CARTA-RIFIUTO ALLE SCIARPE DI SETA

La carta – sporca, strappata, lacerata ed usurata – della pubblicità affissa sui muri delle nostre città è ora diventata anche sciarpe di seta. Dopo essere diventati tele e litografie, e pure videoclips, i miei artworks “Lacer/azioni” si sono trasformati anche in tessuto di seta grazie alla collaborazione dello Studio Bruno Boggia Disegni (www.boggiadisegni.it) che da oltre sessant’anni lavora con i tessuti ed i più famosi stilisti del mondo (qualche nome: Capucci, Lacroix, Valentino, Lancetti, Mila Schon, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Y.S.L., Etro, Escada, Donna Karan, Paul Smith, l’emergente newyorkese Rolando Santana…)

Bruno Boggia, con la preziosa assistenza della figlia Lucia e con il supporto delle sue collaboratrici, mi ha aiutato nella scelta di alcuni artworks da trasformare in sciarpe di seta, confezionate con tutti i crismi del caso. E così, nel giro di pochi giorni, l’impresa è giunta al traguardo. La carta-trash è ora l’eleganza, la delicatezza e la lucentezza di sciarpe di seta.

Le fotografie di un paio di sciarpe, che qui sono riprodotte insieme ad un videoclip, lo stanno a dimostrare. Immagini che in origine erano sporche carte strappate, lasciate decomporre sui muri o sui pannelli della pubblicità, sono ora diventate morbide sciarpe di seta, pronte da essere indossate.

Roberto Alborghetti

 

LINK AL VIDEOCLIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEeNrcyTvzM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3ZQYB7r2sQ

 

ART AND DESIGN FOR DAILY LIFE

Visit to the beautiful Showrooms of SRS and Bulwark Design (in Fiorano Modenese, Modena, Italy) founded by Corrado Fontanini. Marble, ceramic and wood under the sign of creativity.

 

 Ceramics drawings. Marbles with an incredible range of designs. Resins that seem to come alive. Artistic wood planks. Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the world in which daily materials and objects become art. At Fiorano Modenese (Modena), in the heart of the worldwide recognized Ceramics District, we have the way to visit SRS factory, nearly 35 years of activity in the field of screen printing, founded by Corrado Fontanini. In a series of three beautiful showrooms, the visitors – and of course the buyers – are able to make a journey in creativity, approaching that hard work that has made Italy great in the world.

It’ s a real feast for eyes and mind to see, in these showrooms, the most recent productions of SRS, global provider of silicon etched designs and rollers. The same halls – so stylish and well set up – are true art exhibitions, where you can see the latest SRS production. Slabs of marble, wooden planks and ceramic tiles and panels – designed and manufactured for each type of environment, for domestic dwellings, offices, studios and halls – are offered in the beauty of shapes and materials, becoming objects and art expression. Here you have the perception how everyday objects and materials may make more beautiful and comfortable our life.

 

The SRS Showrooms are truly the charming and engaging emblem of what the company set up by Corrado Fontanini is expressing in the research and production. Based also in Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Iran and Egypt, SRS works with a team of designers, using the latest technology (I saw a giant scanner to work large format materials) producing true artworks. And no wonder if people from all over the world, visiting showrooms in Fiorano Modenese, open their eyes and feel amazed.

The surprise continues visiting Bulwark Design, the SRS brand specialized in resin manufacture. Bulward projects and carries out a line of products that really change the look to floors, rooms, objects and different spaces. Simona Malagoli, Bulwark Area Manager, says me that the core of Fiorano companys is to make beautiful and artistic all what in which we live in.

The fields of application are endless. Bulwark is an award-winning design, which matches the traditional materials (stone, marble, wood, glass and so on) with art, fashion and aesthetics values, as showed by Oscar and Beppe, artists-decorators. Bulwark Design is research too: Lorenzo, engineer, is now working on pigments and colors. The desire for innovation and creativity suggested to Corrado Fontanini – he also showed me a small part of his extraordinary collection of photos from places around the world – to create an art gallery, that ‘ll be established beside SRS factory in Fiorano Modenese. It’s a challenge that ‘ll open a new “perspective” on the contemporary art. Lovers of beauty and “the next things” are warned!

 By Roberto Alborghetti

 In the pics: the SRS showrooms in Fiorano Modenese (Modena, Italy) and Corrado Fontanini.

 

ARTE E DESIGN PER LA VITA QUOTIDIANA

Visita ai bellissimi Showroms della SRS e di Bulwark Design a Fiorano Modenese (Modena), fondati da Corrado Fontanini. Marmo, ceramica, legno prendono vita e nel segno della creatività.

 

 

Ceramiche disegnate. Marmi che presentano una gamma incredibile di disegni. Resine che sembrano prendere vita. Tavole di legno lavorate. Signore e signori, Benvenuti nel mondo del lavoro quotidiano che diventa arte. A Fiorano Modenese (Modena), nel cuore del Distretto della Ceramica mondialmente riconosciuto, opera la SRS: quasi 35 anni di attività nel campo della serigrafia, fondata da Corrado Fontanini. In una serie di tre bellissimi Showrooms, il visitore – ed ovviamente il compratore – hanno la possibilità di compiere un viaggio nella creatività e nella laboriosità che ha reso l’Italia grande nel mondo.

E’ un vero piacere per gli occhi e per la mente ammirare, in queste sale, le produzioni più recenti di SRS, che è leader nella fornitura di disegni e rulli siliconici incisi. Le stesse sale, per il gusto e lo stile con cui sono state allestite, sono vere e poprie esposizioni di arte, dove è possibile ammirare le più recenti novità. Lastre di marmo, tavole di legno e pannelli di ceramica – ideati e realizzati per ogni tipo di ambiente, per le abitazioni domestiche come per le sedi di uffici, studi e società – si offrono nella bellezza delle lavorazioni e delle forme, diventando oggetti ed espressione di quella che è l’arte, appunto, del quotidiano, degli oggetti e dei materiali che fanno bella e confortevole il nostro contesto di vita.

Gli Shoroom di SRS sono davvero l’emblema, suggestivo ed esteticamente coinvolgente, di ciò che la società creata da Corrado Fontanini sta esprimendo nella ricerca e nella produzione. Presente in Brasile (con tre sedi, da più di vent’anni), Spagna, Messico, Iran ed Egitto, SRS opera con una equipe di designer che, con l’utilizzo delle più avanzate tecnologie – abbiamo visto un mega scanner che fa meraviglie nel “lavorare” la materia su grande formato – produce vere e proprie opere d’arte. E non c’è da stupirsi dunque se gente da tutto il mondo, visitando gli showrooms di Fiorano Modenese, spalanca gli occhi e si lascia andare ad espressioni di meraviglia.

La sorpresa continua anche nell’avvicinare l’attività di Bulwark design – il brand di SRS specializzato nella lavorazione delle resine – dove è studiata e realizzata una linea di prodotti che cambiano davvero l’immagine a pavimenti, rivestimenti, oggetti e complementi d’arredo, riempiendo di unicità gli spazi del proprio vivere, da quelli domestici a quelli di lavoro. Come sottolinea Simona Malagoli, Area Manager di Bulwark, il cuore dell’attività dell’azienda di Fiorano è rendere bello ed artistico gli ambienti che abitiamo.

I campi di applicazione sono infiniti. E Bulwark è un design vincente, che sa coniugare la tradizione dei materiali (pietra, marmi, legno, vetro e cosi via) con l’efficacia del linguaggio dell’arte e dell’estetica più raffinata, come è dimostrato dai lavori eseguiti da Beppe ed Oscar, decoratori e veri artisti. E senza dimenticare la ricerca: Lorenzo, ingegnere, sta ad esempio lavorando sui pigmenti e le loro reazioni ai colori. La voglia di innovazione e l’estro di Corrado Fontanini – che mi ha pure mostrato una minima parte della sua straordinaria collezione di fotografie da tutto il mondo – lo hanno spinto alla creazione di una galleria d’arte, che verrà presto creata nel complesso della SRS di Fiorano Modenese. Una sfida che aprirà un nuovo “punto di vista” sulle espressioni artistiche della contemporaneità. Amanti del bello e del nuovo, siete avvertiti.

 

Roberto Alborghetti

 

 

“THESE RE-CREATIONS ARE REAL POP ART AVANT-GARDE”

This is the review about my artworks “LACER/ACTIONS” recently wrote by a famous Italian critic, Lino Lazzari, journalist, writer, one of the historic leaders of art communication in Italy, author of essays and studies, including the monumental books about “Accademia Carrara”.

BY LINO LAZZARI

One of the fundamental principles of physics says: “In nature nothing is created, nothing is destroyed”. “Nothing is created” because each reality that is invented by men, comes from a pre-existing reality and “nothing is destroyed” because a reality defined as “destroyed” or ” consumed” it is actually “re-created” or converted, buying a whole new identity.

And that is what Roberto Alborghetti can do with posters that appear on walls or on the expositive spaces in the streets of our cities, “destroyed” by the time, or torn by unknown. The interest for those posters that, while being exhibited in public, clearly appeared, no longer exists. There remain only shreds of paper, colourful images of which you can’t “read” anything of the advertisement that was announced before, meaningless “things” to be thrown in the incinerator.

Roberto Alborghetti, however with a surprising insight, thought to give those images a new identity, to transform them into other images, in a word, to re-create them. But for which purpose?

Easy for him, but unimaginable for us.

The purpose of this “re-creative” act was that to snap what remained of those “pieces” and, perhaps, drawing meaningful “artistic subjects.” Impractical project? Not at all. Looking carefully at these completely insignificant remainders, it’s possible to notice that these remainders are really “artistic subjects” with precise, new messages, completely different from the original and from those which had the poster when it had been posted up. Saying that Roberto Alborghetti has managed to do all this, is simple observation.

Those “tears” of posters, “re-created” by Roberto Alborghetti, have become true artist’s paintings: at first glance they can be attributed to contemporary avant-garde painters, with authentic and precise messages on which our attention should linger. The observers may see in these paintings blue skies and seas, beautiful sunrises and sunsets: the scenery would call “bucolic” and so on. All this with a clear and understandable “language”.

As described here, can all this be defined as artistic expression? I would say so. In fact “Pop Art” has done the same, so it isn’t difficult to associate the pictures of Roberto Alborghetti to the real ‘”Pop Art”. There is both the “creativity” of the artist and his sensitivity to the beauty of chromatic variations, his emotions for those images which really lead to the marvellous vision of new reality “ri-created” by a lively fantasy and a genuine poetic feeling that can’t leave nobody indifferent. Visual art is all that, thanks to the imprinted images on canvas or on sculptures, can arouse feelings in a context of values that can be deeply appreciated.

For what concerns the technical side, it requires a just settlement of the spaces (we refer in particular to painting), a chromatic, harmonious “game” or a balanced structural composition, an image that is not static but, on the contrary, in continuous movement. The “paintings” by Roberto Alborghetti have all these features, so the great appreciation from the artistic critique goes to this artist.

We are confident that Roberto Alborghetti will continue this artistic “journey” because he doesn’t lack the artistic ability. And the successes obtained with the presentation of his works in several shows will continue to occur. His paintings deserve attention: from those “torn pieces” of billboards, now “re-created”, comes an authentic message of poetry, of serenity, of admiration for everything that objectivity can present as beautiful and artistic. The material used to create a work of art and to convey positive messages of humanity isn’t as important as the ability to use “tears” of coloured paper to exalt the features of a reality that becomes a striking, persuasive image for what concerns the dictates of visual art.

Roberto Alborghetti has given evidence.

Lino Lazzari