Anthony Rossomando

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Anthony Rossomando
Rossomando in 2006
Rossomando in 2006
Background information
BornUnited States
GenresPunk rock
InstrumentsGuitar, trumpet, vocals
Years active2001–present
Associated actsDirty Pretty Things, The Libertines, The Damn Personals, Klaxons

Anthony Rossomando is an American writer-producer, composer, and guitarist. He along with Carl Barât was a founding member of Dirty Pretty Things.[1] He previously stood in for Pete Doherty in The Libertines as a touring member. He has also been a live member of British New Rave band Klaxons. He was also a member of Boston-based band The Damn Personals. He also has co-written songs with D'angelo, Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, and Cathy Dennis. Rossomando's songs are represented by Downtown Music Publishing.

Life and career[edit]

Anthony grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. There, he played in a ska band named JC Superska. After dropping out of university in his first year he relocated to Boston where The Damn Personals were born. Shortly after, The Damn Personals became a mainstay at popular Boston, Providence, and New York indie venues. They released their first album, Driver/Driver, with producer Darron Burke. Their second release, Standing Still in the USA, was produced by Michael Demming. Living hand to mouth, the band toured the US nearly ten times. They shared the stage with the likes of The Walkmen, The Hives, The Strokes, Jimmy Eat World, Piebald, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Explosion, Hot Snakes, Dismemberment Plan, Bratmobile and the Make-up. They also toured Europe and UK once with Cave In.

In 2003, introduced by Isaac Green of Columbia records, Rossomando met Carl Barât in NYC and agreed to fill in for Doherty in an upcoming US tour for The Libertines; this was followed by a trip to London to play Top of the Pops and Reading and Leeds festival. Eight months later he rejoined The Libertines to help support the entire worldwide touring campaign for their self-titled second album. It was during this time when Rossomando and Barat began to formulate their ideas that would later embody Dirty Pretty Things. During this time, Rossomando moved from a derelict house in Boston to Central London.

In May 2006, Dirty Pretty Things released Waterloo To Anywhere which reached No. 3 in the UK charts, while the first single "Bang Bang You're Dead", peaked at No. 4. The band toured extensively in the UK, US, Europe and Japan.

Anthony also played trumpet on: • Chisel - "Set You Free" (trumpet) • Piebald - "We Are The Only Friends We Have" • The Cribs - "The New Fellas"

"Rime Of the Modern Mariner", Anthonys first film score, premiered at the East London Film Festival in May 2011 with live orchestral arrangement which also went to several festivals including Latitude, SXSW, and Toronto. The film and score received high praise from many publications including the Times and the Guardian. In November 2007, he played the role of Pete Neon in the first episode of the third series of The Mighty Boosh. He was also featured in the documentary The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space, which aired on BBC Three on March 22, 2008.

In 2018, Anthony co-wrote the song "Shallow" with Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and Andrew Wyatt. It was produced by Gaga with Benjamin Rice. "Shallow" is a song for the 2018 film A Star Is Born, performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It is the first single from the film's soundtrack and was released on September 27, 2018, by Interscope Records. "Shallow" was nominated and won the category of Best Original Song – Feature Film, at the 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.[2] It also received a nomination in the category of Best Original Song at the 23rd Satellite Awards,[3] and from the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.[4] It won the award for Best Original Song at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.[5][6]

Anthony has been a longtime supporter of the Love Music Hate Racism Campaign, appearing at numerous gigs, shows and festivals for them. DPT were also supportive of the Make Roads Safe Campaign, and in November 2006, Anthony appeared on Sky News to promote the cause.


Soundtrack appearances[edit]

As producer[edit]

Other appearances and songwriting discography[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Contribution
2006 "Bang Bang You're Dead" Dirty Pretty Things Waterloo to Anywhere Co-writer
2010 "Waiting" MNDR Feed Me Diamonds Co-writer
"Somebody to Love Me" Mark Ronson feat. Boy George and Andrew Wyatt Record Collection Co-writer
"Glass Mountain Trust" Mark Ronson feat. D'angelo Co-writer
2012 "Montauk" Rufus Wainwright Out of the Game Guitarist
2013 "Harlem Boyz" Andrew Wyatt Descender Guitarist
2016 "Battlecry" Digitalism Mirage Co-writer, vocals
2018 "Shallow" Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born Soundtrack Co-writer
2020 "Hurt By You" Donna Missal Hurt By You Co-writer


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Dirty Pretty Things". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "2018 HMMA Winners". Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Saturn Awards Nominations" (PDF). International Press Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Announces Its 2nd Year Nominations". Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Winners & Nominees 2019". Golden Globes. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Macke, Johnni (24 February 2019). "Oscars 2019 Winners: The Complete List". E! News. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ Shaord, Catherine. "SXSW 2011: Interview with The Rime of the Modern Mariner stars". The Guardian. Missing or empty |url= (help)