It’s All Blues, a book that traces the musical journey of Robbie Forminani

Roberto Forminani and Phil Manzanera, book cover

The guitarist from Ferrara now heads the Musicians’ Association. Journalist Giovoni tells about half a century of his career

Ferrara. Blues music as a mission of life, like black church missionaries in the southern United States who convey their message of life accompanied by music. On the other hand, all fans of Ferrara notes know Ferrara guitarist Roberto Forminani and his deep love of blues. The all-round 136 pages of “All This Blues. Roberto Formignani, A Life to the Rhythm of Music Between the Mississippi and the Poe” is available today in all bookshops and digital stores of Arcana Publishing. To sign the volume, our colleague Samuele Govoni (former author of “Battery in the suitcase,” which contains the stories of Daniel Tedeschi’s life and career), plunged into notes of 50 Years of Emotion.

As the guitarist himself says, the love for music was born thanks to his older brother Stefano when he was 12 years old. Those were rock’s golden years, the roughest of the ’70s (we have to understand Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin), however, compared to the previous decade it’s back close to the blues it all started with. And Forminani, in addition to the musical growth and expansion of his horizons, the search for “allies” with the same passion, always put ideas for songs and also notes on his journey, predicting that in a rather distant future they could become pages of the book, as regularly checked.


“All This Blues” coincides with half a century of Forminani’s music career and a word that remains engraved in the reader’s mind even without reading it: coherence. Because between the inevitable vicissitudes of life and everyday events not related to music but inevitably affecting it, Forminani could have enjoyed a different career. Perhaps after the success derived from the performance of the famous TV show “Quelli della notte” by Renzo Arbor with the Mannish blues, the Formignani band, which began to perform all over Italy, even at major international festivals (Pistoia), is always above the “Blues Cup” . Who knows the least business type, the hard life choices to make, missed or missed opportunities. The truth is that Munch first, then the Blues, and then (a group that Forminani is still a part of) probably don’t get where they deserve. But who cares, Forminani has always gone on to write and play good blues, meanwhile being engaged and married to Daniela (moreover the ex-girlfriend of a former bandmate), whose daughter Alice is born from their relationship.

the school

roads. New courses are often performed during life unknowingly, such as the first guitar courses held by Forminani in the 1980s. Little by little, this became a business, so much so that he was one of the founders of the Ferrara Musicians’ Association and has been the Director of the School of Modern Music (based in Via Darsena) since 2000. Thus the love of blues he had in songs he could now “transmit” even during lessons for hundreds Children who attended and attended school.

This does not mean that the musical satisfaction is over, just think about the beautiful project that started in 2017 with fellow countryman Dane Ciorpoli, which saw Forminani performing alongside great musicians, led by Phil Manzanera. In addition to a ten-year collaboration with Dirk Hamilton and the recordings he continues to produce with his blues “own”. Then how not to mention the friendships that arose in half a century of life, those who are no longer there like Antonio D’Adamo and Paolo Bertelli, those who have overcome any distance like Andy J. Forest and are still the many companions of this beautiful journey who are still far from closed. In short, a book to read to discover tales of Ferrara’s musical history, to find many names from an era not too far away but not near, marked by mists, long journeys, remote places and children’s dreams. Accompanying the story is a QR code for the plots drawn by Forminani and a series of black and white photographs he jealously guarded, some of which bear the signature of the current Cultural Counsellor of the City of Ferrara, Marco Gulinelli.

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