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The reality of Victor Jara’s tragic death are well noted. Arrested within the aftermath of the military services coup d’état, Jara was among the many politics prisoners resulted in the Country wide Soccer Stadium where many had been tortured, beaten, and performed. Although his hands had been broken or, as much have stated, amputated, Jara continuing to sing a melody helping the ousted Popular Unity Party. After getting many brutal blows, Jara ended singing only once a machine weapon fired by way of a armed forces officer had taken his life. Within the almost three years since, Jara’s tracks and spirit have already been celebrated by several politically minded folksingers including Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton. Arlo Guthrie arranged Adrian Mitchell’s terms to music for the ballad “Victor Jara,” documenting the music on his recording Amigo. Definitely, although Jara’s center might have been forcefully stilled, his music offers resided on. The youngest of four kids born to some ploughman (Manuel) along with a semi-professional folksinger (Amanda), Jara was raised in serious poverty. Raised on the feudal-like plantation, he lived for the hand bags of flour and periodic fruits that his dad gained from his labors. By age six or seven, he had been accompanying his dad to work within the areas. Family existence was extremely hard as his dad increasingly began taking in to flee his woes. Whenever a container of boiling drinking water dropped on his sister, he became a member of his mom and shifted to Santiago, the website of the only real hospital equipped to take care of his sister’s melts away. Whilst in Santiago, his mom took employment at a meals stand at an open up market, however in March 1950, Jara received term that his mom had passed away from a heart stroke experienced while she was at the job. For another 3 years, he battled through school during sleep in the homes of close friends. At age 15, Jara remaining school and joined the Redemptist Purchase in San Bernardo, a little town south of Santiago. His mission to become priest, nevertheless, lasted only annually. In 1952, he remaining the seminary and enlisted within the Chilean military. The following season, he was dismissed with honors. Jara’s passions in movie theater and music shortly became the prominent power in his lifestyle. Enrolling in the institution of theater on the College or university of Chile, he researched performing. After completing his level, he continued to start research in theatrical directing. While at the institution, he fulfilled his potential wife, Joan Turner, a instructor from THE UK. A turning stage in Jara’s musical profession arrived when he fulfilled Violeta Parra, a normal folksinger and designer and who owns a little café in Santiago. Used under Parra’s wing, Jara started to sing increasingly more within the cafe. In 1966, he released his self-titled debut recording. Four years later on, he remaining the theatre to devote his interest full-time to music. Right from the start, Jara utilized his songwriting abilities to provide a tone of voice for Chile’s operating course and peasantry. Highly supportive from the Communist Party, he was excited when Dr. Salvador Allende, the top of the favorite Unity Coalition, became the very first socialist to become elected president of the Latin American nation. Under Allende’s command, the favorite Unity Coalition prepared to reinforce educational support, boost low-income casing, and furnish free of charge socialized health care. Jara’s dreams begun to crumble, nevertheless, when on Sept 11, 1973, a armed service junta going by Admiral Toribio Merino and Military General Augusto Pinochet, aided by america via the Central Cleverness Company, overthrew Allende and released a brutal coup. A large number of Popular Unity Coalition market leaders and supporters had been imprisoned with hundreds becoming subsequently carried out. Jara was operating in the Condition Technical University or college when it had been encircled by the armed forces. Used prisoner, he spent five times in a frosty, filthy cell without sufficient meals or drinking water, before being taken up to the Country wide Soccer Stadium. Although he was buried within a mass grave, his wife was allowed to supply him with a good funeral and burial. She afterwards still left Chile in key, acquiring many unreleased tapes of Jara’s tunes.

Quick Facts

Full Name Víctor Jara
Date Of Birth September 28, 1932
Died September 16, 1973, Santiago, Chile
Profession Actor, Teacher, Singer-songwriter, Politician, Poet, Songwriter, Theatre Director, Social activist
Education University of Chile
Nationality Chilean
Spouse Joan Jara
Children Amanda Jara, Manuela Jara, Roberto Jara, Eduardo Jara
Parents Amanda Martínez, Manuel Jara
Siblings Roberto Jara, Georgina Jara, María Jara, Lalo Jara
Music Songs Te recuerdo Amanda, Luchin, Manifiesto, Duerme, duerme negrito, Plegaria a un labrador, La cocinerita, El derecho de vivir en paz, Deja la vida volar, Las Casitas del Barrio Alto, El aparecido, A desalambrar, Zamba del "Che", Preguntas por Puerto Montt, Vientos del pueblo, Ni Chicha Ni Limoná, El arado, Paloma quiero contarte, Cuando voy al trabajo, La Partida, Romance del enamorado y la muerte, Juan sin tierra, Ni chicha ni limonada, Angelita Huenumán, La Luna Siempre es muy Linda, Lo Unico Que Tengo, Herminda de la Victoria, El chincolito, Qué lindo es ser voluntario, En El Rio Mapocho, Ay mi palomita, Canción del árbol del olvido, No puedes volver atrás
Albums Pongo en tus manos abiertas, La Poblacion, El Derecho de Vivir En Paz, Canto por travesura, Canciones folklóricas de América, Canto libre, Antología musical, 20 Años Después, Manifiesto, Habla y canta: En vivo en La Habana, Cuba, Tiempos que cambian, Víctor Jara, Venían del desierto / Poema 15, Canto Popular, Deja la vida volar, Haciendo historia: Victor Jara presente, Victor Jara 1959-1969, Best Of Victor Jara (Remastered), En México (En Vivo), The Greatest Hits
Movies El tigre saltó y mató, pero morirá... morirá...

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1 Their 3 albums at Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of Chilean Music: "Pongo en tus manos abiertas..." #5, "La población" #17 and "Manifiesto" #32.
2 Mentioned in Aterciopelados's song "Canción protesta".
3 Mentioned in Los Fabulosos Cadillacs's song "Matador".
4 Mentioned in León Gieco's song "Los salieris de Charly".
5 Father, with Joan Jara, of Amanda Jara.
6 Mentioned in The Clash's song "Washington Bullets".
7 Parents: Manuel Jara & Amanda Martínez.
8 Bono wrote a song, "One Tree Hill" which is in his memory.
9 Brother of María Jara, Georgina Jara, Eduardo Jara and Roberto Jara.
10 Was classmates with his friend Alejandro Sieveking at the University of Chile.
11 He was a much-admired theater director and singer.
12 He was one of thousands of people taken prisoner during General Pinochet's military coup. He was tortured, and was shot more than 30 times. In December 2009, he was given a three-day wake during which hundreds paid their respects, including artists, politicians, and human-rights activists. A funeral was held and his remains were re-interred in Santiago, Chile.



Mucho Gusto 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Puro Chile 2016 TV Series writer - 7 episodes
The 33 2015 writer: "Ni chicha ni limonada" AKA "Ni chicha ni limoná" - as Victor Jara Martínez
The Voice Chile 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gent de paraula TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Festival del Huaso de Olmué 2009-2013 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Miguel San Miguel 2012 performer: "No Puedes Volver Atrás" / writer: "No Puedes Volver Atrás"
Doremix TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Banda sonora TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Movistar Música 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Animal nocturno 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Los Bunkers: Vida de Perros 2006 Video documentary writer: "El derecho de vivir en paz"
Carla's Song 1996 writer: "Vientos del pueblo"
Ein April hat 30 Tage 1979 writer: "El manifiesto"
El cantor 1978 TV Movie lyrics: "Cuando voy al trabajo", "El hombre es un creador", "Ni chicha ni limoná" / music: "Cuando voy al trabajo", "El hombre es un creador", "Ni chicha ni limoná", "Aquí me quedo", "Vaterunser an einen Bauern"



The Resurrection of Victor Jara 2015 Documentary
Gracias a Dios y a la revolución 1981 Documentary
Die Spur des Vermißten 1980 TV Movie
Compañero: Victor Jara of Chile 1975 Documentary
El tigre saltó y mató, pero morirá... morirá... 1973 Documentary short



Il giorno del falco 2001 Video short in memory of
El derecho de vivir en paz 1999 Documentary in memory of
El cantor 1978 TV Movie dedicatee

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The Resurrection of Victor Jara 2015 Documentary Himself
Festival del Huaso de Olmué 2013 TV Series Himself
Doremix 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Himself
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune 2010 Documentary Singer / Activist
The Power of Their Song: The Untold Story of Latin America's New Song Movement 2008 Documentary Himself
80s, El Soundtrack de una Generación 2006 Documentary Himself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Freedom Highway: Songs that Shaped a Century 2001 Documentary Himself
El derecho de vivir en paz 1999 Documentary Himself
Cold War 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Compañero: Victor Jara of Chile 1975 Documentary Himself

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