My Neighbor Benny – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Music lover Rosaliene Bacchus’ latest blog entry.

Three Worlds One Vision

Ben Mitchell - New York Glam Rock Band Lead Guitarist - Portrait by Phillip AcevesBen Mitchell – Glam Rock Band Lead Guitarist
New York/USA – 1970s to 1990s
Portrait by Young American Artist, Phillip Aceves

My neighbor Benny Capasso is a soft-spoken, unassuming man. His thick black hair falls over his forehead and ears. I’ve seen him come and go, carrying a black guitar case. In May 2013, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honors) degree, he was happy that his studies were over.

In July, Phillip Aceves posted the above portrait of Benny on his Facebook page. Imagine my surprise! Benny was a former Glam Rock Band lead guitarist who had played with the best in rock at clubs in the Lower East Side of New York City where he was born. During his days in the limelight, people asked to take photos with him. Such public recognition still amazes him.

Influenced by his first generation Italian-American father, a photographer and swing dancer…

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 09/01/2013 at 5:04 pm

    Cyril, thanks for sharing my blog post with your readers.

    We live for years in close proximity with other people and we know so little, if anything, about their struggles and successes. Learning about Benny’s past life as a New York Glam Rock lead guitarist came as a great surprise. He’s a very humble guy. It was sad to note that only one of the bands, The Magic Tramps, mentioned him on the history page of their website.

    I’d love to see the music in Benny soar again. If only for his smart and engaging four-year-old daughter.

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