«Father Fabrizio wished me to be a vet. I hope my daughter Francesca finds peace »- Corriere.it

from Alessandra Arachic

The story of the singer-songwriter who lived with ache when confronted by his father. About his daughter Francesca: a troublesome second, it at all times has been. I hope he can perceive a number of issues and get his head proper.

Cristiano De Andr, at what age did you notice that music could be your life?

12 years outdated. I locked myself in my room and performed the guitar, practising for hours. Then, due to a bunch of boys from Genoa, I realized new chords, the chords my father did not need to educate me.

Why did not he?
He stated it would not be simple to do his job with my final title. He would have most popular me to go to the vet in order that I might have taken care of the farm in Tempio Pausania. I insisted, we argued. Then he lastly enrolled me within the violin conservatory, for….

In entrance of?
He by no means handed up a chance to inform me that it was going to be troublesome, that I must put in lots of effort and he was proper. For years the comparability with him was inevitable, typically very painful. By the tip, I am glad I insisted. I’ve produced seven of my albums, I’ve managed to create my very own private solidity, that of having the ability to make music and residing off of it, immediately that is already so much.

The sweetest reminiscence of your father Fabrizio?
Quite a bit. One was when he gave me slightly guitar at six and with that I wrote my first music, I sang it to him and he acquired excited. He thought, he hoped, it will finish with that child’s play. As a substitute, after I was 18, I began a profitable group, “Laborious Instances”. Then he realized I wasn’t kidding. For a very powerful reminiscence I’ve of him in maturity.

Which?
The final tour, that of Souls Hey† It was probably the most intense interval I’ve skilled with him, each from knowledgeable and human viewpoint. We had lots of time to be collectively, to speak to one another like we had by no means performed earlier than, to get to know one another higher. Fortunately there was this second, in any other case I might have regretted not having skilled it immediately.

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After the dying of his father, he determined to take the legacy of his songs, rearrange them in a rock clef and take them on tour. A daring enterprise…

It might have been a hoe within the foot, however I wished to take that threat. it was a means for me to really feel nearer to him and for everybody to melt his loss a bit. I did it as a result of he requested me to, proper on the final tour.

What had he requested her?
To provide my interpretation of the issues he had performed. When he disappeared, I believed that as a son I had a duty that went past music.

What have you ever heard?
With my imaginative and prescient as a musician I gave the chance to hearken to his works once more. Immediately greater than ever we should reread those that have seen larger than we now have. Listening to works that give us a place to begin for reflection on the world and a extra human view to look at it. We dwell in a time when it’s troublesome to say one thing new in comparison with every little thing that has already been written. It’s the actual hazard we run of forgetting. There may be an excessive amount of indifference, distraction.

He made a movie The Story of an Worker, an album his father made virtually fifty years in the past. was extremely appreciated on the Venice Movie Pageant. What makes it nonetheless so related?

In the meantime, due to director Roberta Lena who managed to create a very poetic narrative and visible synthesis. After which it have to be stated that each one of my father’s work has the privilege of at all times being present. Artwork artwork traverses time with out being scratched. “Story of an worker”, then in a means.

Why does he say?
As a result of a consciousness towards energy and its variations. a second when many issues repeat themselves.

Story of an worker who speaks of the French Could from which our sixty-eight is derived. Now there isn’t a need for revolt..
There isn’t a longer a collective revolt, however there’s a nice need. I see it in live shows, I meet many individuals who’ve a standard thought: the will to insurgent. However they’re unable to remodel into one thing concrete.

Why do you assume?
We dwell in a posh society. Immediately, by the media, social networks, concern creeps into folks, this sense of inadequacy in the direction of a acknowledged firm. Intolerance and concern flip into intolerance and hatred in the direction of those that don’t assume like us. In re-reading “Story of an Worker” I’ve tried to offer a compass to finish the resentment that has reigned lately and that sadly impacts the lives of all of us.

He says his final title is tough to bear, do you assume it is the identical for his 4 children?
Sure, I feel so. Though fortuitously my kids have chosen different fields of labor that aren’t music and this has undoubtedly facilitated them. Nevertheless, carrying the surname De Andr is an enormous duty and never at all times simple.

And what do you consider your daughter Francesca? Have you ever chosen to be on TV, additionally to speak about your stormy non-public life?

a troublesome time for Francesca, it at all times has been. I hope he can perceive a number of issues and get his head proper. Sadly, we dwell in a society the place you will be profitable immediately by telling the worst about your self. And that is arguably the bottom level we have reached.

Your first daughter Fabrizia had a son: what impact does being a grandfather have?
A good looking emotion. Riccardino was an exquisite, receptive, fantastic baby then, regardless that I do not assume I am able to be a grandfather but, I am not mature sufficient but. I’m an atypical 60 yr outdated, I’m nonetheless in search of myself.

Is 60 years a objective?
a milestone to have reached it, i surpassed my father by a number of months however i discover it onerous to really feel older than him. onerous to really feel at its peak. After I have a look at the images as a younger man, I at all times see him by the eyes of a kid.

Talking of grandparents, what reminiscences do you may have of your grandfather Giuseppe?
My grandfather was the mainstay that held the entire household collectively. he was CEO and president of Eridania, he was additionally Deputy Mayor of Genoa and he constructed the Fiera del mare which immediately is named “Giuseppe De Andr”. In his home, Villa Paradiso in Genoa, I stayed each weekend till he died. My grandfather gave me that willpower of a person my father missed as an artist. I’ve superb reminiscences of him.

Which?
When he took me on his enterprise journeys. One night within the restaurant of the Lodge Beau-Rivage in Lausanne. He should have been 5-6 years outdated. He accompanied me to the again of the room the place there was a person of a sure age who made me get on his knees. It was Charlie Chaplin. Who, forking two sandwiches with forks, made me the well-known sandwich dance from the film “Gold Rush”. These are issues that stick with you for the remainder of your life.

What about his dad and mom’ home? What do you keep in mind from when he was little?
My home was a bustle of my father’s associates calling me “Fabrizieto” as a result of I used to be my father’s miniature. I referred to as them uncles. From Luigi Tenco, to Paolo Villaggio, to Gino Paoli, to Walter Chiari, Bruno Lauzi, Umberto Bindi. I do not forget that one afternoon Walter Chiari was seized with an unstoppable enthusiasm and he started to recite for us the entire present which he was to current that very same night in Genoa. He virtually did the gown rehearsal at our home. Walter was a pleasant particular person, he had good eyes, he cherished kids and I cherished them too. Then there’s my father’s friendship with Villaggio.

What do you keep in mind?
Villaggio dragged my father on nightly raids within the alleys after which ended up drunk on the sofa at dwelling within the morning with my mom awake, you may think about the temper. Paolo was within the passage from Fracchia to Fantozzi, so it was fixed jokes, he laughed from morning to nighttime. I lived surrounded by a bunch of loopy folks with the urge to vary the world. Ferreri additionally visited my father’s home whereas he was writing the Grande binge. They have been individuals who wrote a bit of twentieth-century tradition.

And your relationship with De Gregori?
Francesco got here to Sardinia to put in writing a report with my father and introduced a breath of recent air, of a brand new airtight script that my father was not but acquainted with as a result of it was lyrical. I used to be fascinated by his music Alice. I could not clarify why Alice checked out cats. was the query I continually requested him in these days in Sardinia. In the long run he answered me with a music referred to as “Ocean”, with a verse describing me as a baby and my many questions. My final daughter is known as Alice in tribute to Francesco.

Have a brand new album within the works?
I am engaged on it. a troublesome time to put in writing down issues which have that means, that keep within the coronary heart and might awaken a conscience.

Different tasks?
Subsequent yr a brand new tour with songs which have marked my life, songs from my father and different artists. This time not in a rock clef, however with a string orchestra, acoustic.

What’s the vital recognition you may have had in your profession?
A number of, fortunately. However there’s one which prevails over every little thing.

It’s to say?
My father’s esteem. An acknowledgment he gave me after we have been on stage collectively on the final tour of his life.

June 10, 2022 (change June 10, 2022 | 07:16)

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