L’inventore dei cantautori – Nanni Ricordi: una storia orale, the volume printed by Il Saggiatore with the contribution of the Archivio Storico Ricordi
Archivio Storico Ricordi is pleased to announce the volume L’inventore dei cantautori – Nanni Ricordi: una storia orale, curated by Claudio Ricordi and Michele Coralli, published by Il Saggiatore and its participation to the project with a contribution about the genesis of the Medea vinyl, also with various images from its own collection. The book retraces the life of Carlo Emanuele Ricordi, known as Nanni, thanks to his stories and to the words of singers, musicians, producers, relatives and friends who has always lived at his side. At the end of the Fifties, Nanni opened the door of his house to the unknown Giorgio Gaber, Enzo Jannanci and Luigi Tenco, hiring in the new born Dischi Ricordi. But he also hosted artists and celebrities such as Maria Callas, Carla Fracci, Leonard Bernstein, Luchino Visconti and Dario Fo. His meetings became the hotbed of the culture of those years, the place in which weaved together the best know and trade, from Gino Paoli who drew the covers of the vinyls, to Sergio Endrigo who wrote for Ornella Vanoni, until to De André, who introduced him to De Gregori. Tired of a not jet passed Sanremo model, Nanni brought to the revolution of the Italian song and to the consecration of the songwriters, who we all know. “Everybody knew that Nanni Ricordi was a talent scout. But, not all knew he had in mind a revolution of the Italian song. The invention of the songwriter is his” – Ennio Morricone.
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