NAME: Giustino Petrone AGE: 27 HOMETOWN: New York INFLUENCES: Jorge Ben, The Rascals, Caetano Veloso, Fred Buscaglione, Nino Rota, Renato Carosone, Gilberto Gil, Stereolab, Björk, Yardbirds, Jefferson Airplane, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Herb Alpert, Fela Kuti, Nara Leao, and others. RECORDINGS: Dirrrty New Amsterdam (LP - Nov 2006); Ragazza (LP - Apr 2006); Winter War (EP - Jan 2003); I Heard (LP - Aug 2002); Michael (EP - Jun 2002); The Vinny Oliver EP (EP - Aug 2001); We Luv Jill Cunniff (EP - Aug 2001); Useless Life (LP - Aug. 2000). GIGOGRAPHY: Giustino has appeared at The Sidewalk Cafe, the Teabag Variety Hour, and Pianos in Manhattan, The Spoken Word Cafe in Brooklyn, Rue de Jardin and the Goldhawk in Hoboken, NJ, Pisces Cafe and University Cafe Stony Brook in Long Island, the Canvas in San Francisco, the Kings Head in Vancouver, and at some music festival in Tartu, Estonia. WEAPONS OF CHOICE: Carlos Classical Guitar, Tanglewood Cherry Red Acoustic, Fender Electric, Fender Jazz Bass, Bass Trumpet. ALLIANCES: Rita Healy, CJ Pizarro, The Philistines, The Law Firm of Jaye & Collis, Tremolo Media, the European Union. ENJOYS: Alpine and cross country skiing, deep sea exploration, Stephen King novels, Fellini movies. BACKSTORY: Few facts are known, among them the most basic, and therefore the least true. It is said that Giustino was born in a fishing village close to the hub of Nieuw Amsterdam, presently known as New York. He has been described in various accounts as in his mid20s, of tall build and arbitrary shaving patterns. He is said to have played concerts mostly in and around Nieuw Amsterdam. He frequently partners with Rita Healy and is said to be affiliated with Palestinian hip hop organizations, although he has never sung about Palestinians as they have no Winter Olympic Team. However, efforts are being made in that direction.
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