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Joan Manuel Serrat began engaging in political activism during the 1960s, when he angered authorities by openly defying the language politics of Francoist Spain. A similar defiance can be heard on 1972's Miguel Hernandez, which he recorded in honor of the titular poet. Using his Spanish folk music as a medium, Serrat wrote songs that criticized the Spanish Civil War, specifically the way people like Hernandez were punished for their anti-fascist beliefs.

Biography

Born: 27 December 1947 in Barcelona, Spain

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat began playing music as a teenager, when he received his first guitar. In 1960, he participated in a pop band, playing along to Beatles songs and Italian pop tunes with his classmates at Barcelona's Agronomy School. In 1964, while singing in a radio show called Radioscope, host Salvador Escamilla helped him secure a record deal with the local label Edigsa, and he recorded his first EP the following year. Joan Manuel Serrat's first live stage performance...
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