BENDITA (BLESSED GENERATION)
It was 1971, two years after Woodstock, and the Brazilian youth still
lived under the effects of the "Age of Aquarius", even though
a little late. In the wave of peace and love, a group of young musicians
and moviemakers from Nova Friburgo, in Rio de Janeiro, deeply got into
the production of what in that time was called "the first Brazilian
hippie movie". Entitled "Geração Bendita",
the movie directed by Carlos Bini, and shot in the same region, left registered,
besides the images of a time, a sound track as surprising as rare.
Recorded in the studios of Todamérica, in Rio de Janeiro, the album,
also called "Geração Bendita" is signed by Spectrum
group, formed by the ex-members of the 2000 Volts band and actors/musicians
of the movie. The following musicians Caetano, Serginho, David, Fernando
e Toby, who shared the instruments and the compositions that were made
in association, composed the group. At the average age of 21 the experience
of the group summed up to the local scene where they began by playing
covers of The Beatles "so well done the many times people even believed
the sound was from a radio or a tape recorder", says today the electric
guitar player Caetano.
The album with a little more then thirty minutes assembles twelve songs
with the lyrics in Portuguese and some in English, most of them speaking
about peace, love, freedom, nature and other themes and meaningful values
of that time. The instrumental with plenty of fuzz-guitars and the vocal
in a "Beatles-style" tuned with a world production and placed
the work of the group above the national patterns of that time. Caetano
remembers today that the record called the attention of the disc jockeys
Big Boy and Ademir, but ended up ignored by the media. A natural channel
for the publishing of the album, the Rolling Stones newspaper, in its
national version, only became public in the beginning of 1972, when the
group no longer existed.
"We didn't have any technical resources. The instruments were national,
second or third hand, but there was a higher power that moved us, which
was the feeling of that generation", as Caetano, who still kept on
playing in that region, tells. Both him and the other players of the band
still live in Nova Friburgo, and share with the city and many of its today's
distinguished inhabitants the memory of those "magic moments, bright
and intensely lived". Recently, under Caetano's and some other remnants'
of the movement enterprise, there was an attempt towards a festival that
ended up in a single session of the movie, not going further.
Nova Friburgo and other cities of the Mountain Region of Rio de Janeiro
were a center of attraction of musical groups and hippie communities that
moved there in search of "peace, harmony and contact with nature".
One of the groups that lived there for sometime was the southern group
(of Brazil) Liverpool, before becoming "Bixo da Seda", in 1974.
The most famous was "Os Mutantes", having only Sérgio
Dias, one of the former participants, who settled down in a house in Nova
Petrópolis. Nova Friburgo, in a special way, had a strong local
scene, with several groups of the region and the presence of some bands
from Rio de Janeiro that used to go there to play, like "A Bolha"
and "Analfabitles", among others.
Although ignored during its time, that album kept on and, nowadays, it
is among the first in the "want lists" (wanted) of world collectors
of psychedelic uniqueness (its is one of the LPs of the "2001 Record
Collector Dream" book, edited by the Austrian Hans Pokora, who collects
covers of rare records from all over the world). According to his own
words, "the Record was one of the most Wanted LP's worldwide in this
kind of music and it's a nugget for all Collector". This interest
recently called the attention of foreign labels specialized in limited
vinyl reissues - 180 grams, and even in CD, who tried to contact the band
to reissue the album. This issue has been dealt with the original label,
holder or the edition rights and may well turn into national pulling,
which will finally turn the record "Geração Bendita"
available to all the common people.
* Text (reviewed), published originally in the ShowBizz magazine.
F - A Revista do Rock
GERAÇÃO BENDITA - cover
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GERAÇÃO BENDITA - record
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RECORD COLLECTOR DREAMS" book cover
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