Luis Alberto Spinetta, one of the fathers of South American rocanrol and an archetypal Argentine rebel whose music became arallying cry against political repression in the 1970s, died Wednesday, February 8, in Buenos Aires. Spinetta died of lung cancer at age 62.
Spinetta recorded over 40 albums with his different bands, starting in 1969 with the legendary Almendra, one of the first rock groups to write songs in Spanish. Spinetta brought a highly poetic lyricism to Argentine rock that still characterizes the national sound today.
"Rock is not only a certain form of rhythm or melody," Spinetta wrote in a manifesto distributed at a 1973 concert of his band Pescado Rabioso. "It is the natural impulse to transmit through total freedom the profound knowledge, to which, because of repression, the common man does not have access to."
Starting at one o'clock Thursday morning, according to the Argentine newspaper Clarín, musicians including Fito Páez and Leon Gieco, along with hundred of fans, gathered at a funeral home in the Belgrano section of Buenos Aires Thursday to say farewell to Spinetta, commonly called "El Flaco" (the thin one).
"He was one of the first to get us all into this," Gieco told the newspaper.
Spinetta is survived by four children, including Dante Spinetta, founder of the well-known hip-hop/rock group Illya Kuryaki y los Valderramas.
Spinetta's ashes would be put to rest in the River Plate, according to Clarín.