1969. Storia di un favoloso anno rock da Abbey Road a Woodstock
di Riccardo Bertoncelli (Giunti Editore, 2019)
Opening with a reading by Giorgio Consoli
In the second half of the 60’s rock music took original and unprecedented forms, moving away from the “narrow area” of pop music to become a magnet of those years, a powerful blend of novelty and modernity. 1969 marked the culmination of this social and cultural change, with stories, records, concerts, festivals being still part of our collective consciousness. Life and death, the beginning and the end, joy and horror, in a dizzying flow of energy that year was full of important events: the summer of Woodstock and the dark autumn of Altamont, the last year of the Beatles and the year of Dylan’s rebirth, of Santana’s explosion on the music scenw, of the dissolution of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, of the arrival to the world of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the death of Brian Jones, of he Doors’ crisis, the year when Miles Davis recorded Bitches Brew and Abbey Road, Let It Bleed, Ummagumma, In the Court of the Crimson King, Nashville Skyline, the Led Zeppelin debut album, were all released to hit the stores.
In almost 300 illustrated pages the detailed chronology of that year with the most important stories, memorable festivals, and the records that have changed the rock music scene.
Riccardo Bertoncelli was born in Novara “sulle corde di Aries” in 1952. He began writing about rock at the age of 17, printing his fanzine in old cyclostyle. When he was 21 he published the first Italian book on “young” music, “Pop Story”. In 1974 he was part of the founding group of ” Gong”, the most important rock magazine of those years. In 1981 he made his debut as a series editor for Arcana, the publishing house of which he became editorial director in 1985. Since 1995 he has been in charge of the “Bizarre” music area within the Giunti group. He has edited about 300 volumes on rock music and worked at various other subjects, as an author, translator or editor. He was artistic director of the “Salone della Musica” in Turin between 1996 and 1998. For over fifteen years he has held a course in “history of music publishing” within the Master Course on Music Communication for Discography and Media at the Catholic University of Milan. He has been collaborating since 1974 with Radio Svizzera Italiana for rock and jazz broadcasts.