Pierangelo Bertoli

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Pierangelo Bertoli
Born (1942-11-05)November 5, 1942
Origin Sassuolo (Italy)
Died October 7, 2002(2002-10-07) (aged 59)
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1974–2002
Labels CGD, Ascolto, Dischi Ricordi
Website Bertoli Fans Club

Pierangelo Bertoli (November 5, 1942 – October 7, 2002) was an Italian singer-songwriter and poet. Close to libertarian communist issues his works told mainly about environment, laïcité, antimilitarism and social issues regarding marginalized and rebellious people.


Born in Sassuolo, in the Province of Modena and belonging to a working-class family, when he was 4 he suffered of poliomyelitis and he lost use of his legs. He started his career of singer at the end of 1973 with the album Rosso colore dell'amore (1974) and one year later with the self-produced album Roca Blues. One of his most famous album was A muso duro of 1979.

In 1990, he collaborates with Elio e le Storie Tese. In 1991 (with Tazenda) and 1992 he took part to the Sanremo Music Festival.

His last album, 301 guerre fa (2002) was composed with the collaboration of his son Alberto and Luciano Ligabue. Bertoli died in Modena on October 7, 2002 by a heart-attack due to a tumor.

Married with Bruna, Bertoli had 3 sons, Emiliano, Petra and Alberto, also a singer.



  • Straniero, Michele (1981). Pierangelo Bertoli. Lato Side. 
  • Mangiardi, Domenico (2001). "Pierangelo Bertoli : I "certi momenti". Bastogi. ISBN 88-8185-404-X. 
  • Mangiardi, Domenico (2006). Pierangelo Bertoli: Un emiliano tragico non è un vero emiliano. Giunti. ISBN 978-88-09-04973-4. 

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