Ernesto Assante, a historic figure in music journalism, has died


He died in Rome Ernesto Assante, historical signature of La Repubblica, a reference point for Italian music journalism. His expertise had also led him to work in radio and as a television writer. He had recently turned 66 years old. The announcement of his death was made on the newspaper's website. He suffered a stroke and was immediately hospitalized, but treatment proved unsuccessful. He leaves behind his wife Eleonora and two daughters.

Career between newspapers and the web Ernesto Assante was born in Naples in 1958 and, after his beginnings in radio, from the first Roman rock stations to Radio 1 and Sterenotte, and his experience as a music critic for Il Manifesto, he came to Repubblica in 1979, where he was music critic and then editor-in-chief, inventor the weekly newspaper Musica, creator of Computer Valley and Computer, Internet and Other and director of McLink and Kataweb. He has also worked with weekly newspapers such as Epoca, L'Espresso, Rolling Stone and recently Rockol. For Treccani he edited some entries on the subject of pop and rock.

On TV On the small screen, he was musical consultant for “Domenica In”, “Orecchiocchio”, “Doc” and author of “Sanremo Rock” and Cantagiro; He also worked in Rai on programs such as “The most important thing is to have a plan” with Stefano Bollani, “A story to sing” with Enrico Ruggeri and Bianca Guaccero and “It takes a flower” with Francesco Gabbani and Francesca Fialdini. He signed the first edition of Pavarotti & Friends in 1992 and numerous shows with Fabrizio Frizzi, Eleonora Brigliadori, Renzo Arbore, Milly Carlucci, Elisabetta Gardini and Loretta Goggi. As a creator and author, he created seven editions of the Italian Music Award of Italia 1 under the direction of Serena Dandini and Linus. Since 2013, together with Gino Castaldo, he has been the creator, author and presenter of Webnotte, a live online broadcast on and on Facebook, broadcast on Radio Capital TV. He curated “On the Road,” an exhibition dedicated to Jack Kerouac with the exhibition of the book's original manuscript at the Auditorium Arte in Rome; Digital music experience at MAXXI in Rome; Lucio Dalla, Images and Sounds in the Vittoriano Complex in Rome; 1969, words, music, images in the Auditorium Arte in Rome.

Between essay and teaching He has written numerous essays, some of them together with Castaldo, with whom he has been holding the famous rock lessons in Rome since 2005. Journey to the heart of music: the most recent, published last year, “Bruce Springsteen – The Boss in Words and Images” (White Star) and “Lucio Battisti” (Mondadori), a biography of the brilliant author of “Emozioni”. who would have turned 80 on March 5th last year. From 2003 to 2009, Assante taught theory and technology of new media and then analysis of musical languages ​​at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of La Sapienza in Rome.