Among his most popular works were ''The Good News,'' based upon the Apocrypha, and a 1971 album based on ''Spoon River Anthology'' by Edgar Lee Masters.
He was one of the first Italian performers to integrate his songs with musical influences from different ethnic backgrounds, including those of native Americans.
Fabrizio De Andre was born in Genoa in 1940. His first musical hit came in 1965 when Mina, a popular Italian singer, recorded a best-selling version of his ''Canzone di Marinella.'' Best-selling albums followed, weaving Mr. De Andre's compelling lyrics and his multifaceted musical vision into songs that gave voice to the angst of his generation.
Eclectic in his choice of subjects, from big-hearted prostitutes to disaffected civil servants, his music reflected a wide range of influences.
Mr. De Andre lived for many years in Sardinia, even after he was kidnapped by political extremists and held hostage with his wife, Dori Ghezzi, for more than three months in 1979.
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