Tony Bellotto


Tony Bellotto

Infobox Musical artist


Name = Tony Bellotto
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Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Antonio Carlos Liberalli Bellotto
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Born = Birth date and age|1960|6|30|mf=y
Died =
Instrument = Guitar, acoustic guitar
Genre = Rock
Occupation = Composer, songwriter, writer
Years_active = 1975–present
Associated_acts = Trio Mamão
Titãs
Notable_instruments =

Antonio Carlos Liberalli Bellotto (born on June 30, 1960) is a Brazilian musician and writer, best known as the guitarist of Brazilian rock band Titãs. He has also written and released several books.

History

Childhood

Being a fan of Jimi Hendrix since he was a child, Bellotto decided to be a rock guitarist. After exploring Hendrix's first albums, he dared to compose his first songs on the guitar, while he explored other notable guitarists, like Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

His passion for music shared a space on his life with the passion for books. He explored writers like Rubem Fonseca, Jorge Amado, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville and his famous Moby-Dick.

When he was 14 years old, he was given his first guitar. Although very interested in Jovem Guarda and Yellow Submarine, from The Beatles, Bellotto only entered deeply in the rock music one year later, on a trip to the United States. When he returned to Brazil, he started living in the city of Assis, São Paulo. In his baggage, he brought albums from Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. These influences, together with Caetano Veloso, João Gilberto and Luiz Melodia, some of his idols, contributed for his wide knowledge of music.

Career

With his guitar, he toured colleges and bars singing and playing, with his own compositions, and opening shows of well known MBP names, like Jorge Mautner. With the help of Carlos Barmack, he got to know Branco Mello and Marcelo Fromer. The three would form the group Trio Mamão. At that time, Bellotto attempted to enter an architecture course at college in Santos, but he quit it to dedicate his life only to music and writing. In 1982, little before the first performances with Titãs do Iê-Iê, his first daughter, Nina, was born to him and his wife Ana Paula Silveira.

And as for the books, in 1994, during one of the breaks of the band, Bellotto wrote and released for the publishing company Cia. Das Letras his book "Bellini e a Esfinge" (Bellini and The Sphinx) , the story of a detective who lives in the suburbs of São Paulo. Two years later, Bellini would reappear on the second book, "Bellini e o Demônio" (Bellini and The Evil). In 2001, he released two more books: "BR 163 – Duas História na Estrada" (BR 163 – Two Stories on The Road) and "O Livro do Guitarrista" (The Book of The Guitarrist), with clues, discographies and curiosities of the history of the rock. In 2002, the first adventure of Bellini would be adaptated for the movies, starring Fábio Assunção as the main character. On the television, he began to appear in 1999, on the TV Futura, on the program Afiando a Língua, an informal electronic class of Portuguese.

Personal life

Married since 1990 to the actress Malu Mader, Tony Bellotto had with her two more sons, João (born in 1995) and Antônio (born in 1997). All of them live in Rio de Janeiro.

References

* [http://www.titas.net/titas/tb/index.php Bellotto’s page at Titãs official web site]

External links

* [http://www.titas.net/ Titãs official web site]


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