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Gustavo Cerati

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Buenos Aires - Argentina (1959 – 2014)

Gustavo Adrián Cerati Clark (born in Buenos Aires - Argentina on August 11th, 1959) better known as Gustavo Cerati was an Argentinean guitarist, producer, occasional bass player, lyricist, and vocalist. During the 1980’s and until the mid-1990’s he was the visible leader of Soda Stereo, -arguably Argentina’s most important rock band.

Cerati was in a coma for over four years, after suffering a stroke on May 15, 2010 in Caracas - Venezuela on the final leg of his Fuerza Natural tour. He passed away due to respiratory failure in a Buenos Aires hospital on September 4th, 2014.

Widely acknowledged for his lead and rhythm guitar talents -and for his ability to play solos while singing at the same time in perfect key, Cerati was one of the most prolific and important rock musicians in Latin America.

Cerati founded Soda Stereo in 1982 with Zeta Bosio. Drummer Charly Alberti joined them shortly after. The band released its first album in August 1984 and dissolved in late 1997.

Cerati’s first main venture away from Soda Stereo (apart from creating the band Fricción in 1985) was the album Colores Santos in 1992. An experimental project in collaboration with musician Daniel Melero, it anticipated the sonic experimentation of Soda Stereo’s late 1992 album, Dynamo.

He released his first full solo effort Amor Amarillo in 1993, while still a member the band. Zeta Bosio and then-wife Cecilia Amenábar collaborated on the project.

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