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With more than 200 photographs and as many instruments and objects of all kinds, the National historical museum a challenge of proportions was proposed: to renovate its rooms and showcases, more accustomed to documents and pieces of “classic” national history, such as General San Martín’s saber and the paintings of Cándido López, to reflect another history, very different and more recent. This is how it was mounted The 80s. Rock in the street, the great exhibition on the sound and scene of that decade, inaugurated last month and open to the public until the middle of this year.

An unmissable bet for anyone interested in post-Malvinas national rock, between the return of democracy and the very early nineties, characterized by the boiling of young artists, alternative scenes and disruptive proposals.

The selection of images (with which Rolling Stone just released your 2022 calendar), curated by photographer Carlos Giustino, ranges from Soda Stereo Y Virus a Sumo and of the round Y Grandparents of Nothing a go twist, without forgetting priests like Charlie Garcia Y Spinetta, always portrayed by the best professionals linked to local rock. But this period panorama is really completed with the series of objects and memories exposed, loaned by musicians and collectors, and always linked to a significant anecdote for the story that seeks to be told. On this note, just a preview of how much can be found, with free entrance, in the Parque Lezama museum.

Fender Electric XII Sunburst guitar, from 1965, which belonged to Gustavo Cerati.
Fender Electric XII Sunburst guitar, from 1965, which belonged to Gustavo Cerati.Ignatius Arnedo

of those strings. Gustavo Cerati he had a soft spot for his 1965 Fender Electric XII Sunburst, now in a display case at the National Historical Museum. He used this rare twelve-string viola to record on Soda records such as Signos, Doble vida and Canción animal, and also for the clips for “En la ciudad de la furia” and “De musica light”.

The legendary whistle of Miguel Abuelo.
The legendary whistle of Miguel Abuelo.Ignatius Arnedo

Miguel Abuelo’s whistle. the voice of the Grandparents of Nothing he used to sport a peculiar whistle around his neck during this band’s shows in the ’80s, which he would eventually lose in a fight. Unusually, a fan of the band would receive it as payment for a job as a DJ and now he contributes it for its exhibition in this exhibition.

Crumar keyboard, used by Mario Siperman, from Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.
Crumar keyboard, used by Mario Siperman, from Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.Ignatius Arnedo

fabulous organ. Mario Siperman played this Italian Crumar organ in one of the most eventful concerts of the Fabulous Cadillacs and the 80s. March 1988, at the gates of ATC, the free show ended in a pitched battle in which Vicentico received a coin to the face and Siperman’s instrument a stone hit on a key, which still exhibits the scar, in the sample the 80s.

Charly García, with his “space bag”, designed by Sonia Lifchitz, portrayed by Hilda Lizarazu.Hilda Lizarazu

Charlie’s space bag. García premiered this hand-painted blazer with astronomical motifs in the presentations of Part of the religion (1987) and then continued to wear it with pride in other concerts and even television appearances. The garment was loaned for this exhibition by the costume designer Sonia Lifchitz.

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Lyrics of “I pray for you”, handwritten by LA Spinetta.Ignatius Arnedo

Skinny’s letter. The Los 80 exhibit includes several historical manuscripts. Among others, the lyrics of “Rezo por vos” (from the archive of the journalist Víctor Pintos), composed by Luis Alberto Spinetta for a frustrated album project with Charlie Garcia, although recorded at Privé itself, in 1986, and later rescued by Charly in Part of religion and, from then on, within his most hit repertoire.

Drum cymbal belonging to Fernando Samalea.
Drum cymbal belonging to Fernando Samalea.Ignatius Arnedo

Flying saucer. Nicknamed in the environment as “El ovni”, this seasoned Zildjian cymbal, by Fernando Samalea, marked the rhythm of 80s underground bands such as Metrópoli, Clap and Fricción, accompanied Charly García and was shaken by Charly Alberti in Nothing personal, de Soda.

Luca Prodan's suitcase, kept by the musician's family.
Luca Prodan’s suitcase, kept by the musician’s family.Ignatius Arnedo

Luke’s suitcase. Much was said about the musical baggage that Luca Prodan brought with him to Argentina from England. Never as clear as in this sample, where you can see the suitcase with which the Italian musician arrived from England to Córdoba, along with the guitar and some singles on vinyl: Sex Pistols (with “interventions” by the musician, in his own handwriting ) and the experimental Residents, Gang of Four and Throbbing Gristle.

Drumhead used by Los Twist in the 80's.
Drumhead used by Los Twist in the 80’s.Ignatius Arnedo

go twist. A group with the presence of Pipo Cipolatti’s band, in the 80s, could not do without displaying its logo on the drums, as shown by this relic that belonged to Polo Corbella, donated by Daniel Melingo.


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