“PACO” IBAÑEZ — La poesía es un arma cargada de futuro, Andaluces de Jaén, Me queda la palabra … (see FILM)

FRANCISCO “PACO” IBAÑEZ, the son of a Spanish anarchist, was born in Valencia on November 20, 1934, and spent his childhood in Barcelona. Forced into exile in France following Franco’s victory in 1939, his father was arrested by the French police and incarcerated in the Argelès-sur-Mer concentration camp in 1940. Taking her four sons, Paco’s mother returned to Spain to live with her parents in the Basque country, but in 1948 Paco returned to France  clandestinely to join his father where, mentored by French anarchist singer Georges Brassens, he began his musical career in the nightspots of Paris. In 1964, aged 30, he cut his first disc and began establishing a musical name for himself, a reputation that was consolidated during the ‘Events of May ’68’ when he sang in the central courtyard of the Sorbonne and became a symbol of the student-led resistance movement. Paco’s songs are based on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Rafael Alberti, Miguel Hernández and Georges Brassens.