Radical Basque rock of the eighties and free flamenco are the focus of the Sunday program of the Rock & Books Festival

The journalist Luis R. Lorite.

The Rock & Books Festival that is celebrated in the El Rincon Litoral Park, annex to the Music Square of the capital of Gran Canaria, proposes for October 31, starting at 6:00 p.m., a program in which the presentations of the books stand out Herod Baubles, by the Basque author Patxi Irurzun, About flamenco and other mental illnesses, by journalist Luis R. Lorite and, Pure cayenne, by the writer Guayarmina Pedraza. The offer of concerts promises live performances from 8:00 p.m. by the bands KroDelKur, Subresiduos, Guerrilla Urbana, La Manzana de Newton, Modo Rakune and Chus Joven, a singer who will close the day at 22:00.

The Rock & Books event organized by the Insular Library of Gran Canaria de the Council of Culture of the Cabildo, begins at 6:00 p.m. with the presentation of the book The city of Galdós by Plácido and Pablo Checa, and includes in its program a round table that will be moderated at 7:00 p.m. by Leandro Pinto, in which the phenomenon of literary desktop publishing, in which the authors will participate Moisés Morán, Nisa Arce and Mélani Garzón.

Of the books that are presented we highlight Herod Baubles in which Patxi Irurzun takes up the adventures of the singer of the eighties punk group Los Tampones, whom we now find, in a pandemic 2021, recording a trap version of his only hit song. The book is much more than a novel about rock radikal Basque to become an accurate generational portrait of those who were fifteen years old in the 1980s and are now parents of adolescents. In it, Irurzun addresses issues as diverse as job insecurity, class consciousness, life on the periphery, love - or the fear of falling in love - in middle age or the conflict between what we once dreamed of being and what we are . All this with the unmistakable “tender and bastard” style, as it has been defined, of the Navarrese writer.

On the other hand, the new novel titled About Flamenco and other mental illnesses, Luis R. Lorite, it is a flamenco fiction whose context is framed by the author in Madrid in 1988, specifically when the General Health Law, known as psychiatric reform, a first attempt to dismantle the asylum system of the Franco regime. The Cordovan journalist, in addition to working as a teacher, dances as a soloist in the Rocío Pozo Flamenco Company and manages the malleable concept flamenco rehab. Lorite is preparing her own show on male gender construction titled Don't tell my mother that I dance Flamenco.

The Rock & Books Festival returns next November 5 with a heterogeneous and extensive program that has been coordinated by the librarian Carlos García and the cultural journalist Ramón Betancor. Rock & Books seeks to create a flow of connection between literary and musical creation in a dynamic and lively space, in which the public can learn about the work and proposals of many of the creators of the Canary Islands.

The two exhibitions that are exhibited in the framework of Rock & Books are exhibited at the headquarters of the Insular Library of Gran Canaria. The music is seen with closed eyes, by Javi Felipe, presents a retrospective look at the last decade of bands and artists linked to Canarian rock. For its part, Mojo Club. Photographs, by Ernesto Rodríguez, formulates a journey through images through the eclectic offer proposed by the aforementioned nightclub for more than a decade.


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