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Gianni Borgna

Lecturer in History and Sociology of Music in Rome. Advisor to the Venice Biennale, Head of Culture for Rome City Council under Mayors Rutelli and Veltroni, and president of Rome’s new Auditorium. He is the author of benchmark essays on the history of popular music in Italy (Storia della canzone italiana, Il tempo della musica, L’Italia di Sanremo), Rome and its contemporary cultural life (Dal piacere alla dolce vita, with Antonio Debenedetti) and the youth issue (Il mito della giovinezza). On the subject of Pier Paolo Pasolini, he is the joint author, with Carlo Lucarelli, of Così morì Pasolini, and, with Adalberto Baldoni, of Una lunga incomprensione. Pasolini tra destra e sinistra. He is musical consultant on the Rai Tre television programme La Grande Storia in prima serata, and made the documentary Città aperta (about the cultural life of Rome between 1944 and 1967) and wrote the plot and the screenplay of the film Profezia. L’Africa di Pasolini.

Recent projects: Profezia. L’Africa di Pasolini (film, plot and screenplay), 2013; Pier Paolo, poeta delle ceneri (play, jointly written with Irma Palazzo), 2012; Cantando sotto la storia (original idea and direction at Rome’s Auditorium), 2009-2013; L’Italia cantata. 150 anni di Italia attraverso le canzoni (Buenos Aires, Teatro Coliseo), 2011.

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Update: 15 February 2013

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