The news of the death of Alexandre Magno Abrão (aka “Chorão”), longtime skater and lead of the rock band Charlie Brown Jr., hit me and friends alike hard.
It is not easy to talk about the death of a comrade. Although I may haven’t interacted face-to-face with Chorão in a long time, I have one big bag of memories from years past, all skateboard-related and shared with a large group of common friends.
Back on the mid-80’s, Chorão was a freestyle skateboarder among many who shredded the Ibirapuera Park, an renowned skate spot in São Paulo.
Eventually, he moved to Santos, a nearby beach city where he kept skating and, in the early 90’s, founded (and remained the only original member of) the band Charlie Brown Jr.
With controversial and inquisitive lyrics, the group rose to fame among polemics and platinum sales of its debut album in 1997. In 2005, the band was awarded a Latin Grammy, and repeated the achievement again in 2010.
No matter what the reasons of his ill-timed passing, his legacy will remain and his vast family of skateboarders, musicians and fans will keep his memory alive forever.