Remo Fernandes is a trained architect who followed his passion and grew to be India’s highest selling original pop/rock star, dubbed by the Press as ‘the rocker with a conscience’ for his songs with strong socio-political messages. He has performed with the likes of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull, members of Led Zeppelin and Queen, and was awarded the Padma Shri. After semi-retiring from live performances about six years ago he moved to Porto, Portugal, where he completed a full-fledged two-hour opera on the life and work of Mother Teresa, written, composed, performed and recorded by him, featuring 35 singers from around the world.
Remo: A Memoir spans the 67 years of Remo Fernandes’s life, starting in Goa in 1953 when he is born, and returning to Goa after completing several circles with their many interesting arcs, to the moment when he is sitting, today, in his home in the picturesque village of Siolim, writing the final pages of his extraordinary autobiography. Written with Remo’s trademark wit and candour, the book covers not only key moments in his spectacular journey – from his struggle to emerge as an independent artist on the music scene at a time when no recording company wanted to take him seriously to his foray into Bollywood and Indi-pop music and beyond – but also his experiences dealing with various personal tragedies and loss before finding within himself the spirit to persevere.