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Mendrix: Government highlights “invaluable contribution to Portuguese music”

The musician Filipe Mendes, who died today at age 70, “stood out for the innovative way of playing, technical ability and delivery” and left an “invaluable contribution to rock and Portuguese music,” said the Minister of Culture.

In a note of regret, Minister Luís Filipe Castro Mendes “deeply regrets the death of Filipe Mendes” and recalls that the musician known as Phil Mendrix was “considered one of the best Portuguese guitarists and a legend of Portuguese rock.”

“Phil Mendrix stood out for the innovative way of playing, technical ability and delivery,” reads the ministerial note that outlines a brief biography, in which he says that having started piano studies, “at age 14, the grandfather offered him a violates and dedicated himself to learning “.

“The electric guitar became his instrument of choice, an extension of himself, that never separated,” he adds.

According to the minister, the musician who pioneered psychedelic rock in Portugal left an “invaluable contribution to rock and Portuguese music”.

The guitarist Filipe Mendes, known as Phil Mendrix, died today, at age 70, in Lisbon, a victim of prolonged illness.

The body of the musician who was considered one of the best Portuguese guitarists ever is veiled from 15:00 Tuesday, in the chapel of Santa Maria in the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon.

At 14:00 on Wednesday in that chapel is said mass of the body present, and then the funeral to the graveyard of Prazeres, also in the capital.

In 1964, he made his professional debut as a performer at the Yé-Yé Festival and the Monumental Theater in Lisbon.

The musician was the leader of the Chinchillas, who formed at the age of 16 with Vítor Mamede, José Machado, Mário Piçarra and Fernando, a pioneer formation of the designated as psychedelic Portuguese rock initially called Monsters.

Filipe Alberto do Paço de Oliveira Mendes was born in Lisbon on November 10, 1947, and went through several decades of Portuguese rock in multiple musical projects and stages.

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