“Paul was always in control of himself because he was a person without bosses”
“Has been the first, authentic, beautiful, 1968 soundtrack, his songs ‘Contessa’ and ‘Vale Giulia’ were sung out loud in all the processions, during demonstrations and occupations: his disappearance will never erase the wonderful memories I have of Paolo Pietrangeli“This is what he says to AdnKronos the leader of ’68 Mario Capanna, learning of the death today of the Roman singer-songwriter, at the age of 76, “my same age …”, he observes.
“Hearing him talk and discussing politics was as extraordinary as listening to his songs – underlines Capanna – We met closely, frequented several times, we liked to exchange ideas about the past, the present and the future: he was endowed with a fine intelligence“. Rereading the text of ‘Contessa’ today, someone might be a little perplexed by some explicit exhortation to violence, to the rebellion even in the square …
“Of course, I admit that certain expressions today could appear a little drastic – he observes – But in that climate they were perfectly fitting and true. The fact that he still remembers that text today gives the idea of his historical, political, social and cultural depth. After all – concludes Mario Capanna – he was one always master of himself, precisely because he was a person without masters“.
(from Enzo Bonaiuto)