Not just AC/DC! Federico Guglielmi spoke about his latest book “Be My Guru”, dedicated to the Australian rock scene! –

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One of the most important Italian musical critics, Federico Guglielmi, prima o poi doveva confrontarsi with the Australian rock scene, da lui narrata, in centinaia di articoli, sin dagli albori degli anni ’80. The moment is here with “Be My Guru”, a 360-page book, freshly stamped thanks to Crac Edizioni. We abbiamo incontrato per farci raccontare qualcosa di più. Ed infatti he ci ha svelato che he sta scrivendo…

Ciao Federico, e ben ritrovato. A book on Australian (and New Zealand) rock, a scene from Riconosciuta da tutti ed ammirata da molti. Ma you eat you innamori of Australian rock? E cosa ci trovi di speciale?

Fine all’inizio degli anni ’80 conoscevo giusto saints, Radio Birdman and Church, also perché i dischi di tutte le altre underground band in Europa proprio non si vedevano. Poi sono emersi i Birthday Partyi Go-Betweensi Triffidsi Celibate Rifles… and anchor dopo hoodoo gurus and Died Pretty; Around 1984, the scene is literally splosa and gives him in avant trovare materiale è diventato più facile. Rimasi da subito colpito dalla marcata personalità dei gruppi, dalla qualità delle loro produzioni e dalla purity che sembrava trasparire dalle loro musicali proposte. C’era di tutto e di più e quasi tutto was good se non, più spesso, ottimo.

Nella prefazione spieghi che non ti sei occupato di punk, metal e rock da classifica. Who else is left? Lasciando quindi fuori also gli AC DC.

From punk my sono occupato a livello di prima scena, quella dei ’70, perché tutto è nato da lì. In practice, I am imprisoned in this very scene, the most or less underground of rock’n’roll orientation: from the classic sound in Detroit style to fine garage alla psychedelia, to power pop, to folk-rock, to rivisited blues. A precise “scene”, ovvero quella che ruotava around etichette like Citadel, Waterfront, Greasy Pop, Au-Go-Go etc.

There is a material assemblage written in ten years of global collaboration, naturally with the necessary modifications and migliorie. Ma davvero hai tutto conservato: articoli, giornali? It must be a gigantic file!

Gigantic is in effetti la parola giusta. In quarantatré anni ho pubblicato moltissimo e, yes, ho conservato tutto, your letter and/or in digital format. Unlike most of my colleagues, I have always been a good archivist, actually and not just by myself.

Rileggendo i testi scritti anni fa, hai trovato tuoi giudizi da rivedere? Sia in negative che in positive? Or do you think that all reviews and critics are credible?

My son stupito di qualche giudizio a little ingenuous, ad esempio, of the second and fourth album dei Died Prettybasically my sono trovato d’accordo su quello che scrissi illo tempore. It is important to note that anything is not known to be credible, not to be recovered: I will eventually find out, in an answer to this, not knowing that there is a good service for the reader.

I cinque dischi di (questo) Australian rock che tutti quelli che amano il rock in generale debbono ascoltare e perché.

Just five, huh? Allora… “I’m Stranded” by Saints perché is one of the most famous punk albums, “Radios Appear” by Radio Birdman perché gives a similar mix of MC5 and stooges not if you can do without, “Stoneage Romeos” degli Hoodoo Gurus perché il suo power-power pop è in ogni senso superlativo, “Free Dirt” dei Died Pretty per la sua originalissima fusione di punk’n’roll, post-punk, Velvet Underground and psychedelia. In fine, the anthology “Kaleidoscope World” by the Chills (yes, in the book if it also speaks from New Zealand), because the parrot psycho-folk-pop is pure magic.

Others in the Australian scene, with any geographical area, less note, who thought there was a rock product independent of quality, purely derivative, but with its own identity.

I will direct the Svezia anni ’80, a scene stylistically affine to that Australian coeva that is also quantitatively less rich. groupie eats nomadsWayward Souls, Watermelon Men or Creeps, for the first time I quote my vengono in mente, erano dynamite.

Senza svelarci niente in particular, puoi darci qualche indizio del tuo prossimo progetto letterario. Non lo so, ma so che c’è, sei che sei instancabile?

Ma no, perché non svelare niente? Sto scribendo la biografía ufficiale dei 24 Grana, I had in mind an Italian combat-folk project of the ’90s and slowly but inevitably I was collecting material for a sort of my musical-professional autobiography that I would use in 2027, for the dry mezzo of carriera. He arrived, obviously.

Come si fa ad essere innamorati del rock alla tua età, direi alla nostra età?

Ah, di indole sono fedele alle mie passioni, e questo di sicuro c’entra. Certainly, I don’t live it with the intensity of a tempo, I think it’s inevitable, but the lick isn’t rock’n’roll, I’m glad I changed everything that’s around: liquid music, the physical record market , the giornalistic or pseudo-tale environment, and social and all the rest. My rhythm is very fortunate.

With this last response, Federico apre scenari molto interessanti, materiale por unova intevista. Ma non apetteremo il 2027, this is safe. So my suggestion is to try “Be My Guru”, a marvelous and detailed compendium per scoprire, per avvalorare il subtitle of the book: i magnifici anni ’80 of Australian and New Zealand rock.

Federico Guglielmi: classe 1960, roman and romanist, has all spalle più di quarant’anni di professione in the field of rock journalism (and dintorni). He has founded and directed the mensile Velvet and the quarterly Mucchio Extra, is the caporedattore and editor of Il Mucchio Selvaggio, has written for Ciao 2001, Rumore, Rockerilla, Rockstar, Bassa Fedeltà and various other magazines. Since 1999 he is responsible for the musical page of AudioReview; Inoltre, he collaborates stably with Blow Up, Classic Rock, Billboard Italia and Vinyl. He has published a dozen books, is the driver/author of various RAI radio transmissions through the Stereonotte and Strereodrome, has signed the artistic production of many discs, has curated some of the entertainment films or works with archival material and has celebrated The sixth birthday is ordered in the circle of the punk singer with a 7″EP named Freddie Williams and Plutonium Baby. Il suo L’Ultima Thule, has won in 2014 and 2017 – l’Indie Blog Award for the best musical blog. And much altro.

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Not just AC/DC! Federico Guglielmi spoke about his latest book “Be My Guru”, dedicated to the Australian rock scene! –


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