Emiliano Colasanti is a music journalist and the A&R executive of the Italian label 42 Records. He lives in Rome and he collaborates with Rolling Stone Italia. His book “Un mondo del tutto indifferente: la storia di WOW e dei Verdena” – dedicated to the Italian band Verdena and more precisely to their album WOW, published in 2011 – has been published in 2012 by Arcana Edizioni. He also runs the music blog “Stereogram” for the website GQ.com.
PHOTO BY BARRY FEINSTEIN, 1966
As a child I wanted to be an astronaut or a veterinarian, but since I did not possess the requisites to float in space and being of quite a sensitive nature, I would’ve been content with being Bob Dylan in 1966. This is less of a picture than a time machine: if you look closely, you can smell the exhaust from the car in the background and feel what Dylan must have felt that day.
PHOTO BY SEAN GUSTILLO, 1988
I’ve always envied musicians the kind of adrenaline that only the stage can generate. This picture has everything: power, lack of self-consciousness and abandon. I saw Fugazi play live twice: unfortunately there were no hoops nearby.
KURT AND FRANCES BEAN COBAIN
PHOTO BY STEPHEN SWEET, 1992
Grunge was a big lie and we’re still paying for it, in a way. For years I had this shot tacked to my wall opposite my bed: the first thing I saw when I woke up in the morning and the last before I fell asleep.
MICHAEL STIPE (REM)
R.E.M. were never just a band. R.E.M. were my favourite superheroes.
The beauty of this picture is all in the strength of its message: there is only one person in front of the camera, but what you really see is a band.
I’m messy but I’m also a control freak, ironic and dead serious, screwed up by calling and proud of my background, which is the result of coming from several different backgrounds. I like to stay out late and hang out with people, but I’d also like to be able to live without ever leaving the house. “In short, you’re a Beastie Boys song” is still, I think, the best compliment anyone’s ever paid me.
“When you’ve got so much to say
It’s called gratitude, and that’s right”