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The Bible of National Rock

I fervently believe that there was a time when we were happy....

Let's see," said one blind man, "and yes, today you are going to read a narrative of an exact moment in my life. I'm going to tell you, (those my age are going to understand it easier) and I demand that the younger ones go to YouTube right now and know what the music of one of the founding bands of Argentine rock is. I will treat them as a quartet, since Godoy was in the original formation. It all began in Quilmes in 1967, with the name Mach 4 and singing in English songs by Beatles, Rollings Stones, Kinks and Birds. I remember seeing them at a bowling alley on Juan B. Justo Avenue, near Lope de Vega; it was called Zogalu and it was the name of the owner in reverse, Galluzo. In 1971 Manal edited what for me was the first and never-before-made conceptual work "The Bible", taking the theme "Present" to 7th place and "Wisdom Books" to 16th place among the best Argentine songs in history. In November 1986 they performed at the Opera House, and thank God I was able to be a witness. The lights go out and three beams of light are seen on the stage, Genesis sounds and when Soulé says "And it was the sky", the lights are suddenly switched on and two flamethrowers at the sides. How to explain this moment? Kids with their mouths open, like at the northern lights, and big guys like me, crying in complicity, remembering our youth, before the astonished gaze of the youngest, who did not know how far they understood what was happening. The tears didn't stop until after the end, and that night I remembered a picture I took with them in the dressing room. From time to time I look at it and see, feel and fervently believe that there was a time when we were happy.

Publication Date: 27/06/2018

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