Argentine music legend Gustavo Cerati has passed away after four years in a coma. He rose to fame as lead singer and guitarist of his rock band Soda Stereo before embarking on a successful solo career.
In May 2010 he suffered a stroke after a concert in Venezuela, and spent the next four years in a coma until succumbing to cardiac arrest on September 4, 2014.
According to this article at LatinoTimes.com, this is Cerati’s last concert in its entirety.
I’m not well-versed in rock en español (pop is usually more my speed) so my first encounter with Cerati was when he collaborated with Shakira on “No” from her 2005 album Fijación Oral Vol. 1. He plays guitar and adds backing vocals. I love this song.
Truthfully, I didn’t know that Gustavo Cerati was even in a coma (I really don’t follow music closely) and I felt a small twinge of guilt that I didn’t make it a point to explore his music until I learned he had died.
As for Soda Stereo, I’d heard of the band in passing but never listened to any of its music. I decided to look up some resources for people like me who want to know more about Cerati’s pioneering alt-rock en español group and his solo career.
Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo has put together a nice YouTube music video retrospective of Cerati’s work with Soda Stereo and as a solo artist. Some of the videos are unavailable in the US, but the early Soda Stereo songs and the newer solo stuff all played fine for me. Check it out here.
Wikicommons has a two-part undated Radio Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) overview of Cerati’s career and interview with him.
And over at archive.org I found this interesting tribute album to Soda Stereo.
These are just a few selections from a vast and storied career. By no means can I do him justice with this little blog post. I’d love for true fans to leave comments with recommendations of songs, albums, and anything else we should check out to appreciate Gustavo Cerati’s artistic contributions to the world.
Que en paz descanse…