He studied Law. He grew interested in music, particularly punk. He worked as a journalist and an English teacher for a brief period before becoming a full-time musician and composer. During the years of 1978 and 1979, he was the bass player of the rock band Aborto Elétrico (Electric Abortion). Although the band did not last too long, Renato Russo wrote many songs during this period, that would later become hits of Capital Inicial (founded by the other members of the Aborto Elétrico) and Legião Urbana (founded by Renato Russo). In 1982, he, along with Marcelo Bonfá, Dado Villa-Lobos and Renato Rocha, formed the Legião Urbana (idealized some time before by Renato Russo).
With "Legião Urbana" and "Dois", they became widely famous in Brazil, with protest songs at first, and songs about love, spiritualism, family and sex afterwards. In the 1990s, Renato worked in two solo albums with English and Italian songs, named "The Stonewall Celebration Concert" and "Equilíbrio Distante", respectively. "O Último Solo" was released posthumously containing Italian and English songs as well. In 2008, another posthumous album named "O Trovador Solitário" was released. This album contained homemade songs originally recorded by Renato in 1982, when he was 22 years old. Renato Russo died in October 11, 1996 from an AIDS related illness.
After his death, the remaining members of Legião Urbana decided to dismantle the band. His official site is www.renatorusso.com.br. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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