Pivano Blues - Sulla strada di Nanda

original title:

Pivano Blues - Sulla strada di Nanda

directed by:


Fernanda Pivano, Luciano Ligabue, Patti Smith, Vasco Rossi, Luciano Ligabue, Fernanda Pivano, Luciana Littizzetto



Danilo Galli




Michele Concina


Associazione Fernanda Pivano Generation





film run:





Ready (24/07/2011)

festivals & awards:

The work of an extraordinary and outstanding figure of the Twentieth Century Italian cultural scene, Fernanda Pivano is reexamined through the most important voices of Italian and American culture. Aware above all of a youth audience, Fernanda Pivano contributed in a decisive way in breaking down the barriers between “high“ and “low“ poetry, against the ghettoization of academia, bringing alive in the consciousness of a generation of kids the pages of authors from the United States which she translated. All her life she fought to have the great singer-songwriters recognised in their “status“ as poets: Bob Dylan, Fabrizio De André, Vasco Rossi, Luciano Ligabue, Jovanotti, Vinicio Capossela and P.F.M. Even celebrated American writers such as Patti Smith and Lou Reed, Jay McInerney and Erica Jong, film directors like Abel Ferrara have drawn upon her treasury of memories and prestigious encounters: Hemingway, Warhol, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Corso and the entire Beat Generation. Pivano Blues – Sulla strada di Nanda is in some way an argument on the main value of books and reading, on the inalienable right to culture that in this precise moment new generations of young people are reclaiming. This thread, which ties the previously unseen extracts of interviews to Fernanda Pivano and which were realised by the director in the course of two decades and meetings with the artists from which they are taken, connects her to her young audience, thanks not only to the texts she translated but also to her untiring pacifist and libertarian militancy.