Charly García Corner
Charly García Corner
On Monday at 2 p.m. in Argentina, exactly at noon in New York, the Charly García Corner plaque and poster were inaugurated on a corner, in honor of the precise place where the cover photo of the classic album was taken in 1983. Modern clicks.
Charly fans from Argentina and other Latin American countries gathered there, as well as locals who came to celebrate the musician’s career and legacy.
It was an emotional event that included the participation of the Ambassador to the United States, Jorge Argüello, the Consul General in New York, Santiago Villalba, and authorities of the City of New York, including the Secretary of Transportation, Ydanis Rodríguez, several musicians from the historic bands of Charly García, friends of Charly and his sister, Josi García Moreno, who was on his behalf, because the artist preferred not to travel and watch everything from his home on Instagram Live.
“Clics Modernos” was the starting point of this well-deserved tribute and of many others that his legacy inspired. Charly García, an undisputed icon of national rock, conceived this musical masterpiece in its entirety in New York City in 1983.
It was precisely this environment that gave him the “creative spark” to forge one of the most influential compositions in the history of Argentine music. And now, it is the Big Apple that recognizes him and pays tribute to him, since this November 6, the intersection of Walker St. and Cortlandt Alley streets is called “Charly García Corner.”
But this was not the only recognition, in addition, the mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, declared November 6 as “Charly García Day” in the city.
The ceremony had all the formality of an official event, with a presenter who hosted and introduced the American and Argentine authorities who spoke before an audience of hundreds of fans.
“This meeting has been possible,” he said, “because Santiago and all the members of his team at the Argentine Consulate in New York have done everything for this necessary meeting and tribute that represents an encounter with our own identity, while we are all so far from home. This gives it significant value for each of us. I know I’m not exaggerating because Charly is already part of Argentina, like dulce de leche, soccer and Gardel. “It’s definitely already incorporated into who we are.”
Charly García could not attend the event, but sent a letter to the Argentine consul in New York, where he expressed his gratitude for the tribute and highlighted: “I don’t know many world-famous artists to whom this has happened.”
The artist also said: “I can’t wait to tell a taxi driver, leave me here, on Walker St…and ME.”
A trip to the United States for leisure and shopping ended up being one of the best Argentine rock albums. Clics Modernos was released in 1983. And four decades later, it is considered one of Charly’s most important works and one of the most influential in Argentine and Latin American music.
The album features songs such as “I’m not a stranger”, “We continue to hit them down”, “The dinosaurs”, “They don’t let me out” and “Ojos de videotape”, among others, which reflect the composer’s perspective on society. Argentina at that time.
“I didn’t travel to make an album. But in that place, everything was inspiring. I liked the energy and I wanted to compose and get together with some musicians to do something,” the musician said in an interview.
“The idea was to write with spray on a wall, “Nuevos Trapos”, that’s what the album was going to be called,” García clarified in a note.
But an image of a black silhouette – painted by Canadian graffiti artist Richard Hambleton – brought to mind the images spread by the Grandmothers and Mothers of Plaza de Mayo about the disappeared and everything changed.
“Next to this silhouette there was a message “Modern Clix”. I thought it was perfect, my idea of spraying Nuevos Trapos was lost at that very moment,” Charly recalled about the birth of what later became the title and cover photo from the album.
Then Josi García Moreno spoke, who also had his list of thanks and said about his brother: “Everyone has already talked about his importance and how he changed our lives. I just want to say that he is looking at us and we have his enormous hug. This is “an honor and a dream for him. I spoke and he was very excited. Thank you to all of us who love his music and those who love him. This is a party!”
Finally, the cloth that covered the sign and the plaque was removed. There was applause, shouts and ovations. The closing was a great recital by the musicians,
who were part of the bands that accompanied Charly throughout his career. Hilda Lizarazu, Fabián Zorrito Von Quintiero, Fernando Samalea, Alfi Martins, Kiuge Hayashida and Toño Silva performed some of the most emblematic songs from “Clics Modernos”, paying tribute to one of the best works of national rock.
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