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Francesco Guccini

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As recalled by a verse of one of his songs, “it was the fate that in three months” moved his family out of Modena because of war. Guccini spent his childhood and part of his youth at his grandparents’ place in a small village in the Apennine Mountains called Pàvana, a fraction of the commune Sambuca Pistoiese in the province of Pistoia (Toscana). The memory of the youth years spent in the somewhat archaic society of the mountains of central Italy was to be always present in his songs and books.

He then moved back to his family in Modena and attended the local “istituto magistrale”. He worked for a couple otf years as a reporter for a local newspaper Gazzetta di Modena. In 1960 the Guccinis moved to Bologna where Francesco studied at the local university. From 1965 to 1985 he held italian courses at the Dickinson College (an American school) in Bologna.

He played in local bands such as The Hurricanes and Gatti and achieved success in the 1960s writing songs for a legendary Italian band, Nomadi, also from Modena. Some of these successes include “Noi non ci saremo” and “Dio è morto”. In the 1970s, Nomadi recorded two albums of Guccini’s songs as well as a live album, Album Concerto, featuring him. Guccini’s debut album was Folkbeat, No. 1 (1967).

Guccini always declared his first two works, Folk Beat n.1 and Due Anni Dopo, being merely tentatives, a nature probably noticeable in the quite essential musical arrangements.

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