Naples Rocks

January 19, 2011 / Events
Naples, Campania

Something unusual at the Palazzo delle Arti Napoli – Rock! – an exhibition telling the story of rock music and presenting over 500 hundred objects from private collections around Italy. Legendary guitars such as Fenders rub shoulders with signed drum-heads and vinyl disks, concert memorabilia, sound equipment, original posters and artwork from the music industry.

Conceived and curated by music experts Michelangelo Iossa and Carmine Aymone, who live and breathe (and teach) popular music, the show has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the municipality of Naples and the US and British consulates in the city.

This is, of course, a story with American origins that had a huge cultural impact across the Atlantic – the US and UK have vied for supremacy in western popular music for the past 60 years. But here visitors can also see this history through an Italian lens, with concert posters from Rome and a room dedicated to the work of Italian rock musicians. There is also an intriguing collection of sound reproduction paraphernalia with clunky tape machines and microphones, all very amusing for younger visitors.

The exhibition continues to 31st January with various themed events taking place at the museum. (Photo included of Michelangelo Iossa (centre) and Carmine Aymone (right) during a tour of the exhibition.)

Penny Ewles-Bergeron

by Penny Ewles-Bergeron

Author, artist… celebrating the many good things in Naples.

3 Responses to “Naples Rocks”

  1. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    The exhibition has now had nearly 7,000 visitors and several extra events. Great fun – runs till Monday and ends with an evening devoted to Black American music, special guest the American consul in Naples.

  2. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Correction to my last comment. Exhibition now running to 14th February, thanks to public demand and will end with a fine concert of music from 18.00, PAN, Via dei Mille, Napoli. Headliners include Osana.


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