Santiago Durango

Santiago Durango

Former guitarist for the influential noise rock band "Big Black"
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Santiago Durango
  2. Early Life and Music Career
  3. Big Black and Influence on Industrial Genre
  4. Legal Education and Career

Biography of Santiago Durango

Early Life and Music Career

Santiago Durango was born into a family of a Colombian doctor. In 1967, when Santiago was 10 years old, his family moved to Chicago, Illinois. After studying at the University of Illinois, Durango, together with Marco and Jeff Pezzati, founded the band Naked Raygun, the first punk rock band in Chicago. Initially, Durango and his partners played in a unique style, blending art-rock and punk hardcore. Later, Naked Raygun's style became more expressive and resembled bands like Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Jam.

Santiago Durango

Big Black and Influence on Industrial Genre

In 1982, Santiago Durango and Jeff Pezzati, together with Steve Albini, formed the core of the band Big Black. During their five-year existence, Big Black released two albums and four singles. Although the band did not achieve significant commercial success, many believe that Big Black had a substantial influence on the development of the American rock scene, essentially becoming pioneers of the industrial genre. The group disbanded in 1986, just before the release of their second album.

Legal Education and Career

After the breakup of Big Black, Durango decided to pursue a legal education. While studying, he continued his involvement in music. Alongside Malachi Ritscher, Durango formed a new band called Arsenal, which released the single "Manipulator" on the Touch and Go Records label in 1988. Two years later, Durango teamed up with Naked Raygun bassist Pierre Kezdy and released the second single "Factory Smog Is A Sign Of Progress."

Upon completing his legal studies, Durango put an end to his musical activities and focused on his legal practice. His first client was the sculptor Cynthia Albritton, better known as The Plaster Caster. Durango helped her restore her famous collection of bronze casts of celebrity penises, with whom Albritton had intimate encounters.

Subsequently, Durango worked as a lawyer for the Touch and Go Records label, with which he had collaborated in the late 80s. Today, Santiago Durango continues his legal practice in Ottawa, Illinois. His first wife was singer Kat Carroll, and his second wife is children's writer Julia Durango, who remains so to this day.