Arsen Dedić

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Arsen Dedić
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Arsen Dedić in 2006
Background information
Birth name Arsenije Dedić
Born 28 July 1938
Šibenik, Littoral Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 17 August 2015(2015-08-17) (aged 77)
Zagreb, Croatia
Genres Chanson, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, poet
Years active 1969–2008
Labels Jugoton, Croatia Records
Associated acts Gabi Novak
Website arsen.hr

Arsen Dedić (pronounced [ǎrsen děːditɕ]; 28 July 1938 – 17 August 2015) was a Croatian singer-songwriter who was prominent in the Croatian as well as former Yugoslav music scene. Dedić wrote and performed chansons as well as film music. He was also an award-winning poet, and was one of the best-selling poets of former Yugoslavia.

Biography[edit]

Arsen Dedić was born in Šibenik, in the Littoral Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (present-day Croatia) as a second child to Dalmatian labourer’s family of Jovan and Veronika Dedić (née Mišković).[1][2][3][4][5] His father Jovan was an orthodox ethnic Serb,[1][better source needed] while his mother Veronika (nicknamed Jelka[5]) was catholic ethnic Croat [1] who converted to orthodoxy after marrying Jovan.[2] His father was a bricklayer, volunteer firefighter and musician, and his mother was an illiterate housewife, whom Arsen later taught. Arsen was baptized in Orthodox Church under the name Arsenije, after Archbishop Arsenije III Čarnojević. He finished music school. He and his older brother Milutin Dedić (named after Stefan Milutin) left Šibenik for Zagreb and Belgrade, respectively, in 1957. Milutin is since a painter and columnist still living in Belgrade.[3][4] Arsen studied law at Zagreb but drops out in 1959, enrolling in the Music Academy of Zagreb – receiving a diploma in 1964.

Arsen became a household name in the 1960s, thanks to pop music festivals and his brand of music, which was at first influenced by Dalmatian folklore, but is mostly comparable to the French chanson genre. Throughout the decades Dedić became one of the most respected musicians in former SFR Yugoslavia and maintained this reputation to this day.[3]

Notable books of poetry include:

  • "Brod u Boci" (Croatia Concert, Zagreb, 1971)
  • "Hotel Balkan" (Znanje, Zagreb, 1987)
  • "101 Pjesma" (Svjetlost, Sarajevo, 1989)

Arsen Dedić was married to German-born Croatian pop singer Gabi Novak. Their son Matija Dedić is one of the most respected jazz musicians in Croatia, and has together with Marina a daughter "Lu".[6] They also have a daughter, Sandra.

Dedić died 17 August 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. He was 77 years old.

Discography[edit]

Albums released on vinyl[edit]

  • Čovjek kao ja (1969)
  • Arsen 2 (1971)
  • Homo Volans (double album) (1973)
  • Vraćam se (1975)
  • Porodično stablo (1976)
  • Arsenal (1976)
  • Otisak autora (1976)
  • Pjesme sa šlagom (1976)
  • Dedić-Golob (1977)
  • Kuća pored mora (instrumentals) (1978)
  • Rimska ploča (1980)
  • Pjevam pjesnike (1980)
  • Naručene pjesme (1980)
  • Gabi i Arsen (1980)
  • Carevo novo ruho (1981)
  • Arsen pjeva djeci (1982)
  • Provincija (1984)
  • Kantautor (double album) (1985)
  • Moje popevke (1986)
  • Kino Sloboda (1987)
  • Arsen & Bora Čorba Unplugged `87 (1987)
  • Hrabri ljudi (Gabi i Arsen) (1988)
  • Glazba za film i TV (1989)
  • Svjedoci priče (1989)

Albums released on CD[edit]

  • Najbolje od Arsena (1991)
  • Tihi obrt (1993)
  • Ko ovo more platit (1995)
  • Ministarstvo (1997) / Ministarstvo straha (2000, 2005)
  • Herbar (1999)
  • Čovjek kao ja (1969/1999)
  • Kino Sloboda (1987/2000)
  • Kinoteka (2002)
  • Homo volans (1973/2003)
  • Imena žena (2003)
  • Na zlu putu (2004)
  • Ministarstvo Straha (2006)
  • Rebus (2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ivan Kegelj, Ivor Fuka (19 January 2015). "RAZGOVOR S ARSENOM DEDIĆEM: Pomalo privodim svoju priču kraju!". Lupiga (in Croatian). Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b Info, Kurir (24 May 2005). "MOJ BRAT ARSENIJE Intimna ispovest beogradskog slikara Milutina Dedića, rođenog brata poznatog zagrebačkog šansonjera srpskog porekla". Kurir Info (in Serbian). Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b c Lopušina, Marko (16 October 2008). "Arsen Dedić: Beograd me stvorio". Večernje novosti (in Serbian). Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b Politika.rs, Milutin Dedić gospodar vetrova-Kuća za oblake, Miloš LAZIĆ
  5. ^ a b Polimac, Nenad (19 August 2015). "NENAD POLIMAC PIŠE O JEDINOJ TAJNI ARSENA DEDIĆA Jednom je rekao: 'Ja se smrti ne bojim'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  6. ^ Svet.rs, Arsen Dedić i Gabi Novak: Na putu je još jedno unuče, Izvor: "Vecernji.hr" Objavljeno: 31 May 2010 – 20:12

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