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Rockdrigo

Rockdrigo

Rockdrigo


Rodrigo González (Tampico, Tamaulipas, December 25, 1950 - Ciudad de México, September 19, 1985), also know as Rockdrigo by fans and followers, was one of the precursors of mexican folk-rock and a main figure of the urban rock movement. Along with musicians like Jaime López, Arturo Meza and Rafael Catana, he was one of the main promoters of the Movimiento Rupestre ("Cave Movement"), a voice-and-guitar folk music movement that brought a series of important artists to the history of Mexican rock scene. Read more on Last.fm
Rodrigo González (Tampico, Tamaulipas, December 25, 1950 - Ciudad de México, September 19, 1985), also know as Rockdrigo by fans and followers, was one of the precursors of mexican folk-rock and a main figure of the urban rock movement. Along with musicians like Jaime López, Arturo Meza and Rafael Catana, he was one of the main promoters of the Movimiento Rupestre ("Cave Movement"), a voice-and-guitar folk music movement that brought a series of important artists to the history of Mexican rock scene. He died as a victim of the big earthquake that hit Mexico City on September 19, 1985. Great part of his music stayed as demos, being Hurbanistorias (1983) the only independent and formal release that Rockdrigo produced while he was alive.

The rest of his albums, such as "El profeta del nopal", "Aventuras en el DeFe" and "No estoy loco", were released posthumously containing songs previously recorded by himself and others on demotapes and live performances. Some called him the "Mexican Bob Dylan", although this comparison is misleading. They shared a similar uncanny singing voice and a similar instrumentation (mainly composed of acoustic guitar and harmonica), but the lyrics and the general musical concept are completely different. The lyrics of Rodrigo González mixed the urban lifestyle with the troubles of the urban poor, aswell as a powerful influence from the main composers of the Mexican popular music, such as Cuco Sánchez and Chava Flores. The complexity of Rodrigo González's lyrics has been widely recognized by the Mexican critics, going from satire and social criticism to a more complex poetic imagery.

Although much of his more popular songs were composed with a strong blues and rock flavor, he also explored many of the main Mexican traditional music genres, such as bolero, ranchero and huapango. One of his must well known tunes, "Estación del Metro Balderas" is an uncanny love song about losing a loved one among the caos of a subway station. On several times during his career (and with the aim of adding a more "electric" sound to his songs), Rodrigo González was accompanied by the group Qual, leaded by Fausto Arrellín, although this combo never got to get recorded. During his lifetime he found many listeners among students, but after his death his celebrity was raised thanks to many of his songs being covered by many of the main Mexican rock groups such as El Tri, Botellita de Jerez & Heavy Nopal, among many others. On 2006, several bands and artists recorded a tribute record called "Ofrenda a Rockdrigo González": His daughter, Amanda Escalante, has recently begun her own solo career under the name Amandititita. 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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