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It can be said that Luca Carboni has aged with inimitable grace. Today, 12 October 2021, the singer-songwriter from Bologna turns 59.

With a pair of iconic Ray-Bans, 12 studio albums, 4 collections, a cover album and a live album, again this year, he celebrates 40 years of career, which earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award a few days ago. of the MAY.

But let’s go back in time …

Luca Carboni the beginnings with Lucio from and the stadium

Luca Carboni approaches music in 1976 with his first band, i Theobaldi Rock, of which he is guitarist and composer. The group goes on for five years, after endless rehearsals in the parish and a single distributed locally, then everyone takes their own path.

One evening in 1981, Luca, determined to start his career in music, he goes to the Osteria da Vito, a refuge for insiders and musicians in vogue in those years, and entrusts an envelope full of texts written by him in the hands of the restaurateur.

Destiny wants that, that evening, Lucio Dalla was having a meeting with the Stadium to find a person who was suitable to write some pieces of the first album of the group.
Fortunately, the envelope is intercepted and so begins the career of Luca Carboni, who quickly became the author of Gaetano Curreri.

Luca, under the wing-leadership of Lucio From the, has the opportunity to release his first album, produced by RCA, with the iconic title “… Meanwhile Dustin Hoffman doesn’t miss a movie“, Which came out on January 27, 1984.
A little more than a year later, “Forever”, A sort of second part of the previous album, but more elegant in terms of arrangements and in which the singer-songwriter tries to deal with more“ committed ”themes, with a hint of irony.

The songwriter who just wanted to be an author …

Despite the trust that the record placed in him and the good prospects, Luca for if he imagines a different future, he prefers to be an author and that’s it, without putting his face on it.
But at the end of September 1987, while making these reflections, his third album, “Luca Carboni”, He explodes. Accomplice the “end” of the years of lead and the sunset of the songwriters of the era just passed, the disc acts as a bridge between what was before the authorial song and what it would become from that moment on.

From here, the recurring themes of the singer-songwriter are outlined: almost light romanticism, melancholy, irony, Bologna and the Adriatic coast.
A melancholy and loneliness that are part of the author’s character, but also a real way of being of that generation, which withdraws a little into itself but which nevertheless observes what is happening around.

Luca Carboni becomes a popular icon (literally) and dominates the Italian rankings. Anyone who was a teenager in the late eighties and early nineties was certainly his fan.
Thanks to the simplicity of the writing and its sweetness, it reaches those young people who no longer followed the ideological language of the sacred monsters their parents were used to.

The tendency to run away from fame never gives up Luca Carboni and is perceived in “Silent people”, 1989 album, more intense and intimate, in which the disappointment in noting the non-values ​​of the society in which he finds himself emerges.

Luca Carboni: THE FIRST TORMENTONI and the intimate phase

But the fate of Luca seems inevitable when, in 1992, he comes up with “Coal“, His fifth album, in which there is no shortage of real catchphrases, such as”It takes a beastly physique“, And melancholy hymns, such as”Big big”, Which wins the Festivalbar.
Without ever being rhetorical or cloying, Coal he manages to sing about football, feelings and summer, making it lyrical, poetic. And it took the critics some time to figure it out.

In the mid-nineties, “MONDO world welt world”, A minimalist work, almost all recorded live. This trend continues with the next album, “Caravan“, Of 1998 and becomes even more intimate with”LU * CA”, Of 2001, in which the songs are dedicated to his first child.

Luca Carboni Caravan

2006 saw the release of a new album of unreleased songs, “… The bands break up“, Contains the hit”Meloncholy”, A summary poster of his way of life.

After a five-year break, the artist publishes “Without title”, Which speaks of the evolutions that his generation has to deal with and of a very closed and frightened Italy.
Once again all the imagery comes out that Luca Carboni it has been able to create in the previous three decades and the ability to identify itself so strongly and radically with the territory to which it belongs.

Forty years later Luca is the same …

Luca Carboni Sputnik

His most recent works, “Pop-up” (2015) e “Sputnik“(2018) have more contemporary sounds (openly pop the first, authorial but new wave the second) and see the participation of emerging and non-lyric authors (it had practically never happened). For instance Dario Fine e Tommaso Paradiso in Luca is the same O Matteo Buzzanca e Alessandro Raina in Bologna is a rule.

The secret of Luca Carboni however, it always remains the same: being popular, without selling out.

Below his YouTube videos, a fan writes:

If heaven existed, it would be an eternal experience of adolescence with Luca Carboni in the background”.

Poetry. Such an artist, such fans.

Ten songs to listen to:

  • Solarium
  • Butterfly
  • Silvia you know
  • It takes a beastly physique
  • Big big
  • The girls
  • Flash of life
  • Physical & political
  • Bologna is a rule
  • A big party

To be seen:

  • “SPRING”, video clip
  • “My island”, video clip

To read:

  • Self-portrait (Pendragon, 2004)
  • Many of his paintings, representations and sketches as well as thoughts, texts and stories.