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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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Take a peek backstage as Jovanotti prepares to dazzle the crowd at San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival. The Italian pop star is known for a unique musical style that mixes singing with spoken words.  The energetic crowd sings and dances to old favorites and new hits.


All photos by Yuli Weeks, a freelance photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weeks' photos have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. 
To see more of her work, visit

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