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Branimir Štulić

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Branimir “Johnny” Štulić (born April 11, 1953 in Skopje, Macedonia, is a singer, songwriter, poet and a leader of a popular former Yugoslav rock group Azra. He is known for his charismatic stage performances and inspiring song lyrics that often combined rock poetry with a strong sense for social commentary.

Branimir Štulić was born in Skopje, Macedonia but soon moved to Zagreb, Croatia where he attended high school and, for a brief time, studied phonetics and history at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Philosophy.

He began his musical career with the band called Sevdah Shuttle Band, performing Beatles-covers and folk music. In 1977 he formed Azra, which during the 1980s, became one of the most prominent and influential musical acts in former Yugoslavia.

Azra days brought Štulić widespread fame in former Yugoslavia as well as rabid and devoted youth following - Štulić often used music to make statement about social and political conditions in communist Yugoslavia of the time.

In 1990 Štulić moved to Nieuwegein, Netherlands, where he currently lives. Since then, he recorded another 3 records, which met limited commercial success.

In 2005 he published an autobiography called Smijurija u mjerama.

Croatian journalist Hrvoje Horvat wrote a biography of Johnny Štulić called Fantom slobode, issued in 2006. Due to Štulić’s immense popularity in the region of former Yugoslavia the book was an immediate commercial success. However, it was also heavily criticized by many literary critcs, and even Štulić himself for its poor writing quality and misinterpretation of facts.

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