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Mario Savio                                        Bernhard de Vries
Mario Savio - Free Speech Movement                        Bernhard de Vries - Provobeweging


The influence of the Free Speech Movement and the Provobeweging on the guidelines of the Movimento Mondo Beat at its origins

The merger of Onda Verde with Mondo Beat has put wings to the magazine.
It must be understood that the youths of Mondo Beat, fleeing from family and school, hitchhiking from a city to another, often in jail because of the repression of the system, have written articles for the magazine very seldom. Most of the articles were written by students, who spent time in activities of revolt only on Sundays, mainly by writing articles. Those students often have written nonsense, influenced by a relentless advertising on the American Beat Generation, a generation older than our, which had very little to deal with the revolt of the youth in Italy, where the police kicked and broke the ribs of the youths of Mondo Beat, because they were committed to the affirmation of civil rights and sexual liberation of the mass, something that the Vatican wanted to suffocate at any price. Therefore, this relentless advertising on the American Beat Generation, mostly on Allen Ginsberg, that was directed by the CIA agent Fernanda Pivano, aimed at confusing Italian provincials, in order to avoid that they could participate in the revolution triggered by Mondo Beat. Many of these students, who have written articles for Mondo Beat, as Renzo Freschi, were too naive to understand this situation, so, they wrote nonsense. But finally, thanks to the merger of Mondo Beat with Onda Verde, articles written by Marco Maria Sigiani and Antonio Pilati have brought the wind of counter-information in the pages of the magazine Mondo Beat. They wrote on Dutch provos and on the events at the University of Berkeley and they wrote on the conditions of the Italian school. Furthermore, Gianfranco Sanguinetti and Marco Maria Sigiani were very original intellectuals, they were precursors of the Situationists, of which they would later become two celebrated international representatives. In fact, the contribution of Onda Verde to the magazine Mondo Beat was precious, given that the magazine took root in the schools of Milan mainly thanks to it.

"Mondo Beat/Onda Verde - Numero Unico" (Issue 2) - December 30, 1966 - edition 5,200 copies

Note:
The first two pages of this issue were printed by letterpress, the others were mimeographed.

Melchiorre Gerbino dedicated the cover to Vittorio Di Russo The Calvary of Vittorio Di Russo would be long and painful. His active 
participation in the Movement compromised forever  'Le scelte castrate', by Antonio Pilati, is one of the most brilliant articles published in the magazine Mondo 
Beat Antonio Mariani was the leading character of a group of beats in 
the city of Monza Lorenzo controversially resigning from the company where he worked  After graduating from high school, Renzo Freschi travelled to the Far East The two writings by Melchiorre Gerbino 
were a mockery of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli and Fernanda Pivano respectively

 Even though I tried desperately not to publish poetry in the magazine Mondo Beat, I failed The first meeting for the merger of Onda Verde and 
Mondo Beat took place in the home of Sanguinetti There were suspicions that Gennaro De Miranda 
was killed somewhere else, then the body carried to where it was found  A brilliant essay on a taboo subject  Marco Maria Sigiani has greatly contributed to give an original line to the magazine Mondo Beat  The merger between Mondo Beat,Onda Verde,Provos,took place at the home of Andrea Valcarenghi Enea with a pin has drawn the logo 
'Onda Verde' on a matrix of mimeograph

Contributors - Comments on the articles:

page 01-
The cover was conceived by Melchiorre Paolo Gerbino. The text reads 'Vittorio Di Russo jailed in San Vittore'.

page 02-
"Paolo", who signs the editorial, is Melchiorre Paolo Gerbino. I wanted to dedicate the cover and the editorial to Vittorio Di Russo, to remind his condition;
"Why these cannons?" (POURQUOI CES CANNONS?) by Gianni Milano.

page 03-
"If the choice has been castrated" (LE SCELTE CASTRATE) (1) by "Agor" (Antonio Pilati). An essay on the illusion of making choices, in a system where, in reality, one cannot. This is one of the most brilliant articles published in the magazine Mondo Beat.

page 04-
"If the choice has been castrated", (LE SCELTE CASTRATE) (2) by "Agor" (Antonio Pilati);
"Letter to the Party" (LETTERA AL PARTITO) by Antonio Mariani, who distanced himself from all political parties. Antonio Mariani was the leading character of a group of beats in the city of Monza.

page 05-
"Letter of resignation" (LETTERA DI DIMISSIONI) by Lorenzo, who controversially resigned from the company where he worked.

page 06-
"Beatniks today" (I BEATNIKS OGGI) (1) by Renzo (Renzo Freschi);

page 07-
"Beatniks today" (I BEATNIKS OGGI) (2) by Renzo (Renzo Freschi);
"Think hard about it, Giacomino" (PENSACI BENE, GIACOMINO) and "The Mondo Beat of the children" (IL MONDO BEAT DEI PICCOLI) by Melchiorre Gerbino. The two writings were a mockery of the publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli and the CIA agent Fernanda Pivano, respectively.

page 08-
Poems by Tella (Tella Ferrari) and Anita. Tella Ferrari, a Jewish girl of 16, made the precious work of typewriting the mimeograph matrices of this second issue of the magazine.

page 09-
"God exists/God does not exist" (DIO ESISTE/DIO NON ESISTE) by "G.F.S." (Gianfranco Sanguinetti). The only writing by Sanguinetti published in the magazine Mondo Beat;
"Introduction to Buddhism" (INTRODUZIONE AL BUDDISMO) (1) by Gennaro De Miranda.

page 10-
"Introduction to Buddhism" (INTRODUZIONE AL BUDDISMO) (2) by Gennaro De Miranda. This article was in a pocket of Gennaro De Miranda, when he was found dead.

page 11-
"For a social grammar of sex" (PER UNA GRAMMATICA SOCIALE DEL SESSO) (1) by Marco Maria Sigiani. A brilliant essay on a taboo subject.

page 12-
"For a social grammar of sex" (PER UNA GRAMMATICA SOCIALE DEL SESSO) (2) by Marco Maria Sigiani, who has greatly contributed to give an original line to the magazine Mondo Beat.

page 13-
Andrea Valcarenghi on the merger between Mondo Beat, Onda Verde, Provos, which took place at his home.

page 14-
The logo "Onda Verde" was created by Enea, who previously had created that of Mondo Beat. The text was written by Andrea Valcarenghi.


They were all four Milanese students, attending their last year of high school
Marco Maria Sigiani, Andrea Valcarenghi, Gianfranco Sanguinetti, Antonio Pilati, the founders of "Onda Verde"

History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 6