Antonino D’Ambrosio, an author, filmmaker, visual artist, is the author of the critically acclaimed A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears with original art from Shepard Fairey and rarely seen photography from celebrated photographer Jim Marshall. Legendary musician Pete Seeger describes the book as “a rare work that is beautiful and inspiring”; acclaimed historian Howard Zinn calls the book an “important contribution to the cultural history of our time”; and visionary filmmaker Jim Jarmusch lauds the book as “a truly fascinating journey.” D’Ambrosio’s Mayday, is a unique collaboration with Shepard Fairey.
D’Ambrosio’s current book is Let Fury Have the Hour: Joe Strummer, Punk and the Movement that Shook the World, which inspired his film.
Musically, D’Ambrosio is working with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Wayne Kramer of MC5, and Martin Perna of Antibalas on a new project.
D’Ambrosio’s writing has appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, The Believer, Salon.com, and many other publications. A frequent guest on TV and radio, D’Ambrosio has hosted radio shows on WBAI and East Village Radio. Chuck D of Public Enemy has described him as “the voice of a new generation—passionate, intelligent and fierce—whose work educates and inspires.”
D’Ambrosio has produced documentaries and films, including the award-winning short film No Free Lunch, starring comedian Lewis Black, featured in the September 2008 Vanity Fair. During 2009-2010, D’Ambrosio produced and performed in a series of multimedia special events in support of his book A Heartbeat and a Guitar. Performers included Antibalas, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Chuck D, Jon Langford of the Mekons, Chris Mills, Sean Hayes, Shepard Fairey, Ocote Soul Sounds, Rocky Votolato, Dick Weis- man of the Journeyman, and Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery. D’Ambrosio was a featured performer at the 2009 SXSW Music Festival, Philadelphia Book Festival, and the 92nd Street Y (Tribeca).
D’Ambrosio is the founder of La Lutta New Media Collective (lalutta.org), a nonprofit social media and documentary production group that The Nation selected as one of the top independent media groups in the country. From 2007-08, D’Ambrosio served as executive producer and supervising director of the groundbreaking multimedia oral history documentary on the cultural impact of Central Park titled Project 834, a collaborative film project with Central Park and New York City youth in D’Ambrosio created and developed. In 2005, D’Ambrosio was Artist-In-Residence of Media Arts at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and he has lectured extensively at universities and colleges throughout the country. In 2009, he was named Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Contemporary of Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he launched the multimedia visual land arts series La Terra Promessa. In 2006, he became New York University’s Gallatin Lecturer, an honor bestowed upon a contemporary artist creating innovative and social engaging work.
The son of Italian immigrants from the small mountain village of Colli Al Volturno, D’Ambrosio was born in Philadelphia, PA. D’Ambrosio received a Masters degree from New York University Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Dean’s Scholar, one of the highest honors conferred upon a graduate student.