Joaquín Sabina


Joaquín Sabina

Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Joaquín Sabina


Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Joaquín Ramón Martínez Sabina
Born = birth date|1949|2|12|mf=y (age 59)
Died =
Origin = Úbeda, Jaén, Spain
Instruments = Singing, Guitar
Genre = Ballads, Latin, Rock, Trova
Occupation = singer-songwriter
Years_active = 1978–Present
Label = BMG Ariola Spain
Notable_albums = "19 días y 500 noches"
URL = [http://www.jsabina.com JSabina.com]

Joaquín Ramón Martínez Sabina (Úbeda, Spain, February, 12 1949),known artistically as Joaquín Sabina, is a singer, songwriter, and poet. He has published fourteen albums, two live albums, and three compilation albums. He has collaborated in other ocassions, for example, he has composed songs for Ana Belén or Miguel ríos between others.
The live albums are recordings in which he has sung alone or with other artists, for example Javier Krahe and Alberto Pérez in La mandrágora, the group Viceversa in one concert in 1986, and with Joan Manuel Serrat in "Dos pájaros de un tiro".
In the year 2001, he suffers an stroke that endangers his life, he recovers in some weeks without suffering phisic problems, but this incident, affected his way of thinking, so he entered in a deep depression, made him stay away from the stages during some years, after having overcome this problem, he published his 18th album, "Alivio de Luto" in november of 2005.


Biography and career

Firs years

Joaquín Sabina, is the second son of Adela Sabina del Campo and Jerónimo Martinez gallego. His father was a policeman. He makes his primary studies with the Carmelites, and when he is 14 years old, he stars writing his firs poems and composing music in a band called "Merry youngs" which imitated singers such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry or Little Richard.

In this time, he meets his firs girlfriend called Chispa, that at first, was his inspiration to write some love poems. it was a very accidental relationship because Chispa's father was a notary and wasn't agree with that relationship, and some years later he took her to live to Granollers, but Joaquin decided to start a trip being accompanied by his friend installing a tent near a Chispa's familiar's house. Both of them went out together to the Aran Valley, where they lived for some days.

Then he studies in the secondary with the Salesians of Don Bosco, a period in which he starts reading Fray Luis de León, Jorge Manrique and José Hierro and Marcel Proust, James Joyce or Herbert Marcuse. after having passed all the secondary, his father wanted to give him a clock, but, he refused saying that he preferred a guitar.

As a refugge in London

Then, he enrolled in the University of Philosophy and Philology of Granada, starting to study Roman philology in the faculty. There, he knows the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Cesar Vallejo. Joaquin lived by first time with a woman called Lesley and started preparing his tesis.His revolutionary ideology led him to be related to the anti Franco groups. In 1968, his father recives the order to arrest him because of belonging to the Spanish communist party. In 1970, he starts collaborating with the magazine "Poesía 70", sharing pages with Carlos Cano and Luis Eduardo Aute, then, he left the school, going into exile in London, using a fake passport with the name Mariano Zugasti, to avoid persecution from Francisco Franco's government after throwing a Molotov Cocktail into a government building. That same year, his father received an order to arrest Joaquin due to his anti-Franco ideals.
In 1975, Sabina started writing songs and singing at local bars. In a local bar called "Mexicano-Taverna" Sabina performed in the presence of George Harrison, who was celebrating his birthday. The ex-Beatle then gave Sabina a five-pound bill as tip, which Sabina still preserves to this day. When Franco's dictatorship ended in 1975, Sabina returned to Spain and enrolled in the military.
, but feeling imprisoned he got married in order to sleep outside the barracks.

After the return

Sabina's first album, Inventario "(Inventory)" was released in 1978 by a small label Movieplay.He describes this album:"as his own version of death metal"., but went unnoticed. Afterwards, he moved to the powerful CBS (today Sony) and released Malas compañías "(Bad Companies)". This album gave Joaquín his first number-one hit single Pongamos que hablo de Madrid' "(Let's say I´m talking about Madrid)" and wide recognition. He released a live album called La mandrágora "(The Mandrake)", sharing the spotlight with mates Javier Krahe and Alberto Pérez. The trio was currently enjoying much popularity thanks to their participation in a TV program. La Mandrágora created much controversy due to the racy content of the lyrics.
Sabina released his third album Ruleta Rusa "(Russian Roulette)" in 1983 and two years later, Juez y parte "(Judge and Side)". His political views led him to take part in the anti-NATO movement. He later published Joaquín Sabina y Viceversa en directo, his first live album, recorded in the Salamanca theatre in Madrid. In this album, the singer, counts with the colaboration of other singers such as his friend Javier Krahe, Javier Gurruchaga, and Luis Eduardo Aute among others.
In 1987 he released Hotel, dulce hotel "(Hotel, Sweet Hotel)", which sold a large number of records in Spain. That success followed with his next album El hombre del traje gris "(The Man in The Gray Suit)", and followed with a successful tour of South America. This was followed by the released Mentiras piadosas "(White Lies)" in 1990, and two years later Física y química "(Chemistry and Physics)", which led to another successful tour of the Americas.
His later albums Esta boca es mía "(This Mouth is Mine)", Yo, mi, me contigo "(I, my, myself... with you)" and 19 días y 500 noches "(19 Days and 500 Nights)", won him more recognition and multiple platinum albums.
After recovering from a brain stroke, he returned to the stage in 2002 with Dímelo en la calle ("Dare to Say That Outside)". He later released a double album called Diario de un peatón "(A Pedestrian's Log)", which included both his previous album and 12 new songs, along with a book illustrated by him.
In 2005 Sabina's released a new record Alivio de luto "(Mourning Relief)". The album release was accompanied by a DVD that includes interviews, music videos, acoustic versions of the songs, and home-made recordings.
In 2007, he made a tour with Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat, called Dos Pájaros de un Tiro "(Two birds with one stone)" and they recorded a CD of this tour, which includes the DVD of the concert and a documentary.

Discography

* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventario_Sabina Inventario] (1978)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malas_compa%C3%B1%C3%ADas Malas compañías] (1980)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_mandrágora La mandrágora] (1981)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruleta_Rusa_Sabina Ruleta rusa] (1984)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juez_y_parte Juez y parte] (1985), con Viceversa.
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaquín_Sabina_y_Viceversa_en_directo Joaquín Sabina y Viceversa en directo] (1986)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel%2C_dulce_hotel Hotel, dulce hotel] (1987)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_hombre_del_traje_gris El hombre del traje gris] (1988)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentiras_piadosas Mentiras piadosas] (1990)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%ADsica_y_Qu%C3%ADmica Física y Química] (1992)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esta_boca_es_m%C3%ADa Esta boca es mía] (1994)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo%2C_mi%2C_me%2C_contigo Yo, mi, me, contigo] (1996)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enemigos_%C3%ADntimos Enemigos íntimos] (1998), with Fito Páez.
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/19_d%C3%ADas_y_500_noches 19 días y 500 noches] (1999)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nos_sobran_los_motivos Nos sobran los motivos] (2000)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADmelo_en_la_calle Dímelo en la calle] (2002)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alivio_de_luto Alivio de luto] (2005)
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dos_pájaros_de_un_tiro Dos pájaros de un tiro] (2007), with Joan Manuel Serrat

External links

* [http://www.jsabina.com Joaquín Sabina Official Web Site]
* [http://www.joaquinsabina.net Joaquín Sabina]
* [http://www.bucanero.com.ar/letras.php?autor=1 Sabina's Lyrics] Website with every song lyric from Joaquín Sabina.


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