The journalist and critic Paco Aguado has presented his book in Seville “Joselito El Gallo, king of bullfighters”, published in 1999 and now reissued and expanded, during a ceremony in which the mayor, Juan Espadas, has referred to the right-hander as a “true icon for bullfighting, Seville and the brotherhood of the Macarena”, reports Eph.
The event, organized by the Macarena brotherhood and the Sánchez Mejías chair of the Hispalense University on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the mythical right-hander, has had the intervention of the Macarena’s older brother, José Antonio Fernández Cabrero, in addition to the Sevillian bullfighter Pablo Aguado, Professor Juan Carlos Gil, director of the Sánchez Mejías chair, and the editor of the work, David González Romero.
It’s about a act “of justice” With whom he was the brother of Macarena, as recalled by Fernández Cabrero, who has also had an impact on the facet of social benefactor of the right-hander from Gelves.
For its part, Pablo Aguado has focused on the bullfighting significance of Gallito, warning of the literary myth of his “opponent”, Juan Belmonte, which he described as “totally deserved.”
He has said about Paco Aguado’s book that it is a “Gallismo bible” necessary to refresh the memory and realize that the two (Joselito and Belmonte) were “equally decisive for bullfighting as we know it today.”
«Everything that happens from the barrier inward and from the barrier outward was set by Joselito; every time a bullfighter binds two crutches in a row, every time a bull charges as it charges nowadays, every time we see the figure of the proxy, the veedor, the large squares, the Joselito’s spirit», Has riveted.
Banishing clichés, the author of the book, Paco Aguado, has influenced the innovative role of Gallito defining him as “the first modern bullfighter.”
«Joselito El Gallo did many more things than to fight very well, he turned bullfighting around and entered the twentieth century leaning on that fundamental staff that was Juan Belmonte», Has pointed out.
“It is not about taking anything away from Juan but about giving it back to José,” he continued after recalling that his figure, somehow, “had been hidden for a long time under the literary mountain represented by Juan Belmonte ».
He has also referred to Joselito’s confrontation with “the Sevillian aristocracy and oligarchy” regarding his distancing from the Real Maestranza of Seville by encouraging the construction of the ephemeral Plaza Monumental that was built on the current avenue of Eduardo Dato and that did not survive the death of its inspirer.
«That we are here today, in the Seville City Council, that the Real Maestranza has been involved comes to return to Joselito El Gallo its Sevillian essence ”, he highlighted.
The editor of the book, David González, has defined the publication as “a dream”, while the professor Juan Carlos Gil has summoned fans to “one hundred plus one” around the commemorative acts of the centenary of the tragic death of Joselito, which have been cut short by the pandemic.
The culmination of the events organized around the centenary of the death of Joselito El Gallo in Talavera de la Reina will be the inauguration of the monument that he has modeled Manuel Martin Nieto and that, after being cast in bronze in Madrid, will be located in front of the Macarena basilica on December 12.