"In the spirit of the project, a review of it could simply read (to paraphrase a portmanteau word made up by Futurist Giacomo Balla in 1920): Chessa splendidwavesintonednoiseswordsluminousssss!"
“The most comprehensive source of Russolo available in English.”
“Reconciles Russolo’s artistic temperament, spiritual awakenings, and philosophical entanglements.”
“Luciano Chessa reconstructs Russolo’s life through ambitious archival research, uncovering . . . how the artist’s eccentric interests influenced his creative output.”
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Luigi Russolo is increasingly being recognized as an important figure in 20th century art and music, and his work deserves to be better understood. Chessa’s archival research and readings of esoteric or otherwise little-known texts are impressive, and he offers a convincing account of the influence of the occult on Russolo and the Futurists in general. This book alters our conception of Russolo, Futurism, and the early artistic avant-garde.”Christoph Cox, Hampshire College
This book is timely, and merits the attention of a wider audience. Luigi Russolo, futurista makes a compelling argument that radically revises our views on a major creative figure of the twentieth century. Luciano Chessa provides vast amounts of information on the ideas and trends that influenced the Futurists, and offers a wealth of insight and observations that point the way for further research on avant-garde music and art in the twentieth century.”Paul DeMarinis, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University