Francesco De Gregori

Born in Rome in 1951, De Gregori is considered one of Italy’s most refined and intellectually versed cantautori. He started his career playing at a music club in called Folkstudio, in the neighborhood of Trastevere. Francesco De Gregori recorded his first LP with Antonello Venditti, and later collaborated with Fabrizio De André.

His first albums have something of the style of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but also present strongly original creative force and independent character.

The lyrics of De Gregori’s songs are often poetical, sometimes even obscure, but always complex and intriguing.

His social engagement never takes up an overt political color and never uses slogans, but his writing treats of both love, the human condition and the ills of the Italian society.


Over the years he has written approximately 180 songs and recorded many more, including an album of folk tunes recorded with Giovanna Marini (Il fischio del vapore, 2002).

He has recently recorded and published De Gregori canta Bob Dylan. Amore e furto (2015), a translation into Italian of eleven songs by Bob Dylan.

De Gregori spoke (in quite good English!) at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in New York on November 6, 2017. Click HERE to view the interview.

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