EMILIANO COLASANTI

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.

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BOB DYLAN
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.

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FUGAZI
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.

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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.

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MICHAEL STIPE (REM)
PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN

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.

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BEASTIE BOYS
PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN

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”

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