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Curator's Note:

Jovanotti is probably the biggest pop star you’ve never heard of, unless of course you happen to be Italian. Over the years, he's evolved into an Italian Bruce Springsteen or Bono - an iconic pop star who takes on issues from AIDS to poverty in Africa. Back home, he sells out stadiums and churns out number one hits like L'ombelico del mondo.

 

We caught up with Jovanotti on his first trip to San Francisco, where he played the Stern Grove Festival, a long-running series of free summer concerts.

 

Now on "Quick Hits," Jovanotti sings some impromptu ballads and tells Marco Werman about bicycling through Iran. Discover Jovanotti, and don't miss our backstage slide show by Yuli Weeks and a fan's appreciation by Italian journalist Carola Mamberto.

 

 

Don't miss other Quick Hits starring Dengue Fever, Charles Bradley & Sharon JonesHelene Grimaud, Jovanotti, KT Tunstall, Meklit Hadero, Ozomatli, and Seu Jorge. For more info visit the Sound Tracks website.

 

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Sound Tracks “Quick Hits” reporter Marco Werman interviews Italian pop star Jovanotti before his summer concert at the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco. Jovanotti talks about his evolution from the teen idol who introduced rap to Italy to the inventive performer and activist who campaigns with his friend Bono to reduce extreme poverty in Africa. Jovanotti also sings two impromptu ballads.

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