Crêuza de mä and the other songs by people that have written a piece of Genoese history

The “school of Genoese singer-songwriters” came into being in the City of the Lighthouse in the late 1950s and early 1960s from rock and jazz influences from the USA and the French chansonniers. Inside it there was a group of young friends with a passion for artistic music that chose to meet and to express together the poetry of the story blended with music to represent freedom, individual reflection and earthly love, devoid of all rhetoric. The background to the school was an epoch of great upheavals making music the protagonist of the social malaise and uneasiness of which the world felt it was the bearer. Universal problems blended together and became stories of daily experience through strophes describing typically Genoese attitudes: bashfulness, apparent standoffishness, the colours of the sea and the harmonies to be perceived in the streets of the city.

Among the protagonists of this school we find the great Fabrizio De Andrè, the Ulysses that lived among the puzzles of the old bourgeoisie and the desperation of those who barely get by, the poetic Gino Paoli, the intimist Luigi Tenco, the ironic Bruno Lauzi, the refined Umberto Bindi and other greats of Italian music like Ivano Fossati, Sergio Endrigo, Piero Ciampi and Paolo Conte. At number 29 Via del Campo you can find a beautiful shop-museum devoted to the late Faber – Fabrizio De Andrè – which has disks in vinyl, photos and books as a testimony to life lived in dear old Genoa.