Born in Rome in 1942, Alessandro Portelli is a historian, music critic and English studies expert. He teaches American Literature at La Sapienza University. He created and chairs Circolo Gianni Bosio for the critical knowledge and the alternative presence of popular cultures. He has written for "Il Manifesto" since 1972 and has often written for "Liberazione" and "Unità". He collected political songs and oral memories of Rome and Latium, collaborating with Canzoniere del Lazio, Giovanna Marini, Sara Modigliani, Piero Brega e Ascanio Celestini. Amongst his latest works: the curatorship with Antonio Parisella of the anthology "Calendario civile. Per una memoria laica, popolare e democratica degli italiani" and the book "La città dell'acciaio. Due secoli di storia operaia", both published by Donzelli in 2017.
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