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Watch: Abel Ferrara Plays Guitar and Sings with Italian Band Statale 66

This one’s just for fun: while awaiting the premiere of Abel Ferrara’s keenly anticipated biopic Pasolini, you can watch the writer/director taking lead guitar and vocals with Italian band Statale 66 on a lightly bluesy number lyrically heavy on Louisiana swamps and other familiar images. Ferrara self-described himself as “a failed rock ‘n roller” in an interview earlier this year, where he recalled his youthful time with a band that “never made it out of the garage”:

My uncle had a club and we were auditioning for him. When we got done he was like, “You wanna make money in the music business? Sell your instruments.” [… My family] wanted me to drive a garbage truck – the sanitation business was a good place for an Italian kid back then. I did for a while – you know, I probably could’ve made more money in garbage than in film.

Kudos to MUBI’s Adam Cook for finding this one.

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