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Berlusconi 'Rockstar of the Year'

'Inimitable' lifestyle says Rolling Stone

25 November, 18:53
Berlusconi 'rockstar of the year'
Berlusconi 'rockstar of the year'
Berlusconi 'Rockstar of the Year'

ROME - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's lifestyle has earned him the accolade of 'Rockstar of the Year' from the Italian edition of Rolling Stone magazine.

''His lust for life and his inimitable lifestyle have earned him an incredible international popularity, especially this year,'' said a citation on the cover of the December edition, due out Tuesday.

The term 'rock&roll' ''isn't enough'' to do justice to the headline-grabbing premier, said editor Carlo Antonelli.

Party animals like Rod Stewart, Brian Jones or Keith Richard, even in their wildest years, were ''novices'' in comparison, he wrote.

Berlusconi, who had a torrid summer amid revelations about his private life, was picked in a unanimous vote by Rolling Stone staffers.

The Italian premier, 73, outstripped all rivals in his ability to ''live in the limelight'' with exploits ''worthy of the best rockstars''. The cover picture of a stylised Berlusconi was done by American illustrator Shepard Fairey, who designed the Hope posters for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Obama came second in Rolling Stone's in-house poll for the person who best represented rock&roll values.

Pope Benedict XVI was third because he's coming out with a CD of chants this month on the same label that produced Nirvana.

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