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Rino Gaetano: The Unconventional Genius of Italian Music

Rino Gaetano: The Unconventional Genius of Italian Music

Rino Gaetano was an Italian singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with his witty and sarcastic songs that often criticized the social and political situation of his country. He was born as Salvatore Antonio Gaetano in Crotone, Calabria, on 29 October 1950[^2^]. He moved to Rome with his family when he was a child and started his musical career in 1973 with the single "I Love You Maryanna" [^1^].



He released eight albums between 1974 and 1980, including "Ingresso Libero" (1974), "Mio Fratello à Figlio Unico" (1976), "Nuntereggae PiÃ" (1978) and "E Io Ci Sto" (1980) [^1^]. His songs were often influenced by rock, reggae and pop genres and featured ironic and provocative lyrics that tackled topics such as religion, politics, sexuality, racism, drugs and death. Some of his most famous songs are "Gianna", "Ma il Cielo à Sempre Pià Blu", "Ahi Maria", "Berta Filava" and "E Cantava le Canzoni" [^2^].

Rino Gaetano died in a car accident in Rome on 2 June 1981, at the age of 30 [^2^]. He was undervalued in life and elicits huge interest especially among young people for the themes of his songs which he used perform with an incomprehensible irony in a historical period which was not prepared to understand him [^1^]. He is considered one of the most original and influential artists of Italian music and his legacy lives on through his songs, which are still widely played and covered by many musicians.Rino Gaetano's songs were not only catchy and playful, but also full of meaning and criticism. He used his irony and sarcasm to expose the contradictions and hypocrisies of the Italian society and culture, especially during the turbulent years of the 1970s [^2^]. He often targeted politicians, public figures, established norms and lyrical conventions with his witty and provocative lyrics [^2^]. For example, in his song "Mio Fratello à Figlio Unico" (My Brother is an Only Child), he mocked the Italian political parties and their slogans [^1^]. In his song "Nuntereggae PiÃ" (No More Reggae), he parodied the reggae genre and its association with marijuana [^1^]. In his song "E Cantava le Canzoni" (And He Sang Songs), he paid tribute to his fellow singer-songwriters who died young, such as Fabrizio De AndrÃ, Luigi Tenco and Piero Ciampi [^1^].

Rino Gaetano's songs were not only popular among his fans, but also among other musicians who admired his talent and originality. Many of his songs have been covered by various artists, such as Negramaro, Negrita, Max GazzÃ, Carmen Consoli, Daniele Silvestri and Francesco Renga [^1^]. Some of his songs have also been used as soundtracks for movies and TV shows, such as "Gianna" for "Boris" (2007-2010), "Ma il Cielo à Sempre Pià Blu" for "Romanzo Criminale" (2008-2010) and "Ahi Maria" for "La Mafia Uccide Solo d'Estate" (2013) [^1^].Rino Gaetano's musical influences were diverse and eclectic. He was inspired by Italian artists such as Enzo Jannacci, Fabrizio De AndrÃ, Adriano Celentano, I Gufi, Gian Pieretti and Ricky Gianco, as well as international musicians such as Bob Dylan and The Beatles [^2^]. He also experimented with different genres, such as rock, reggae, pop and folk [^1^]. He was an accomplished actor and it was through his theatre experience that he developed much of his subsequent stage style and writing technique. He was inspired by German kabarett, a form of theatre that excels in political satire and uses techniques like cynicism, sarcasm and irony [^1^]. He was able to deal with social themes and political developments through his songs, something that made him unique and influential in the Italian music scene. e0e6b7cb5c


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