The other night a musician asked me what I was up to, and I replied that I was working on my arrangements of Italian composer Nino Rota’s scores for Fellini’s films. I rabbited on for a few minutes, and then he said “who’s Fellini?”
Well knock me over with a cold lasagne. I mean, I thought everyone had at least HEARD of Fellini, but obviously not. I suppose it’s a generation thing. Why would a thirty something person have heard of Fellini? Unless they were a student of (Italian) film.
That occasion reminded me of the time at the hairdresser when the guy who was cutting my hair said “how’s your day been?” and I said “great, I’ve just done my Frank Zappa radio show”, and he said “who’s Frank Zappa?”
I rather naively think that the world knows who Fellini and Zappa are, because I grew up with them.
But, while I was growing up with them, I also knew about the heroes of my parents’ generation, like Chaplin, and Ellington.
It seems the current generation doesn’t know about essential people from the past.
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