- Tony Bellotto
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Tony Bellotto
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Antonio Carlos Liberalli Bellotto
Born = Birth date and age|1960|6|30|mf=y
Instrument = Guitar,
Genre = Rock
Composer, songwriter, writer
Years_active = 1975–present
Trio Mamão Titãs
Antonio Carlos Liberalli Bellotto (born on
June 30, 1960) is a Brazilian musicianand writer, best known as the guitarist of Brazilian rockband Titãs. He has also written and released several books.
Being a fan of
Jimi Hendrixsince 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 Pageand 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 Melvilleand his famous Moby-Dick.
When he was 14 years old, he was given his first guitar. Although very interested in
Jovem Guardaand 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 Watersand Robert Johnson. These influences, together with Caetano Veloso, João Gilbertoand Luiz Melodia, some of his idols, contributed for his wide knowledge of music.
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 Melloand Marcelo Fromer. The three would form the group Trio Mamão. At that time, Bellotto attempted to enter an architecturecourse 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 Letrashis 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 Assunçãoas 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.
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.
* [http://www.titas.net/titas/tb/index.php Bellotto’s page at Titãs official web site]
* [http://www.titas.net/ Titãs official web site]
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