Biography of Paco Ibáñez (1934-VVVV)

Singer-songwriter Spanish, full name Francisco Ibáñez Gorostidi, born in 1934 in Valencia. Son of a cabinetmaker Valencian and Basque mother, spent part of the Civil war in Barcelona until, because of the anarchist ideas of the father, they were forced into exile in France. In 1952 he/she began to study guitar and, two years later, he/she began his career as a singer. He/She began to feel attraction towards poetry and read to Brassens, who considered his master, Góngora, García Lorca and Quevedo.

His first album dedicated to the poetry of García Lorca and Góngora was illustrated by Salvador Dalí and constituted around a coup in the context of the Spanish song. His songs are lyrical, dramatic and satirical.

In 1967 he/she came to Spain to sing for the first time, giving concerts in Madrid and Barcelona. In TVE sang his version of the poem Andalusians of Jaén, of Miguel Hernández. He/She remained in Spain until 1971, but then returned to France, in part by pressure from the Franco regime, regarded as one of the singer-songwriters was more critical of the regime. In 1973 the General Directorate of security banned from singing in all the national territory. After the death of general Franco and the beginning of democracy, returned to the Spanish stage. In 1978 he/she recorded an album in which half of the subjects were dedicated to Neruda.

He has intervened in various festivals, including the Festival for freedom, held in Ordizia, on the anniversary of the ETA murdered dissident "Yoyes" and at the festival against the fear, in San Sebastián, organized by his friend and singer-songwriter Imanol.

In its repertoire are topics as: A galloping (Alberti), the most beautiful girl (Gongora), tips for a gallant, Romance of the banished, Aristotle said, the Testament, call Me, we will call (Otero), song for a hand (Brassens), the ballad that never went to Granada, Nocturnes, words for Julia (Goytisolo) or sad story.

In 2002, three years after the death of Goytisolo, Paco Ibáñez presented a new disc devoted entirely to the catalan poet, which recovered the subjects popularized in the 1960s and 70s, as El lobito bueno, told it Me my grandfather or words for Julia.