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That’s how it went: how is the Rai Play docuseries about Luciano Ligabue

That’s how it went: how is the Rai Play docuseries about Luciano Ligabue

“I think the desire to escape from a country with twenty thousand inhabitants means that you want to escape from yourself, and I believe that you do not escape even if you are Eddy Merckx.” One of the best verses of Luciano Ligabue does not come from a song by him, but from his first film Radiofreccia, more precisely from a memorable monologue played by the protagonist Stefano Accorsi. A simple and crystalline phrase, which manages to summarize in a few words the meaning of provincial life, often incomprehensible to those who have never lived it. Ligabue never ran away from his Correggio, which he continued to tell in the folds of his songs, his books and his films. Therefore, he could only start from this small town in the Reggio area It’s gone like this, Ligabue’s autobiography in the form of a miniseries, available from 12 October on Rai Play.

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Seven episodes, divided in turn into three short parts of about 15 minutes each, for a total of 21 extracts from the life and career of Luciano Ligabue, in which the Emilian rocker gets naked as we have rarely seen him do. Beside him, in the unusual capacity of interviewer and confidant, Stefano Accorsi, who works alongside the singer-songwriter, breaking down that wall of confidentiality on which the protagonists of It’s gone so ironic several times. From the dreams of rock ‘n’ roll to international success, passing through the many moments of melancholy and difficulty, the result is a sincere and passionate portrait of one of the most multifaceted artists on the Italian scene, capable of indelibly marking the Italian collective imagination of last 30 years.

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It went like this: Ligabue between stage and reality

Among memories and anecdotes, there are appearances of personalities of the caliber of Francesco De Gregori, Elisa and Eugenio Finardi, who help put together the pieces of an increasingly suggestive and fascinating human puzzle. Many entertaining passages, such as Ligabue’s participation in Pavarotti & Friends, which arrived following a call at 8 in the morning, a time that for the rocker is equivalent to the middle of the night. As many exciting moments, such as the first unexpected successes and the years as a rock star of the whole Ligabue band, on which those directly concerned wink conspicuously, suggesting that our fantasies about it are not very far from reality.

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But the passages of It went like this that are most convincing are those that show the most intimate and fragile Ligabue, that of only 8 spectators in one of the first concerts, of the most painful moments and the most personal joys, such as the birth of two children. In other words, Ligabue between stage and reality. As we mentioned earlier, the constant of all these experiences is Correggio, not surprisingly shown several times and from different angles, even with the use of drones, to reaffirm the indissoluble bond of the singer-songwriter with his town, which for him it is not just a physical place but a real mental state in which the fantasy proceeds and perpetuates itself.

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The moments of pure frivolity between Ligabue and Accorsi, even when totally devoid of context, accentuate the human dimension of the project, a must not only for fans of the Emilian rocker but for anyone who wants to discover the person behind the artist, who is the true source of the songs that have accompanied our life in these decades.