Luciano Ligabue was
born in Correggio in 1960. His first concert, with the Emilian rock
group Orazero, was held in a cultural centre in Correggio in 1987. A
year later, Pierangelo Bertoli decided to publish a song written by
Luciano Ligabue on his album Sogni di rock and roll. In July of
the same year, Ligabue and the group Orazero won the Terremoto rock
contest. Their prize was to be able to record a single containing the
songs Anime in plexiglass and Bar Mario.
In May 1990, he recorded his first LP, Ligabue. With Balliamo
sul mondo, Ligabue won Festivalbar Giovani and embarked
upon a series of concerts (more than 250) which would
continue until the end of 1993.
His two subsequent albums, Lambrusco, coltelli, rose & popcorn
and Sopravvissuti e sopravviventi, confirmed the exceptional
talent shown in his debut album, but still they are not sufficient to
mark him out as a major figure in Italian rock music in the eye of the
public and critics.
At the end of 1994 he released his fourth album A che ora è la fine
del mondo?, which was also the title of the first single taken from
the album, a cover of a song by REM. The album contains previously
unreleased material including a live version of Urlando contro il
In 1995, Ligabue released the album that once and for all established
his reputation as a star of Italian rock. Buon compleanno, Elvis
sold more than a million copies and stayed in the album charts for 70
weeks. Ligabue set off on a 15-concert tour that confirmed his now
In 1996 he released his first live album, recorded during the previous
year's concerts, Su e giù da un palco with three previously
unreleased songs: Il giorno di dolore che uno ha, Tra palco e
realtà and Ultimo tango a Memphis.
That same year he published his first book, Fuori e dentro il borgo.
Following on from his experience as a writer, Ligabue wrote the
screenplay for a film based on several episodes in the book. Producer
Domenico Procacci persuaded him to direct the film, which was entitled Radio
Freccia. First presented at the 1998 Venice Film Festival out
of competition, the film won three Silver Ribbons (Best first feature,
Best soundtrack, Best song) and two David di Donatello Awards (Best
first feature and Best soundtrack).
In 1998 Ligabue also released his seventh album, Radiofreccia: le
canzoni, the soundtrack to the film which also includes some
classics from the 1970s and three previously unreleased tracks.
In September 1999, he released his eighth album titled Miss Mondo.
He wrote and successively directed his second cinema production,
entitled "Da zero a dieci" (2002), produced, like his first
effort, by Domenico Procacci.