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Eros Alesi, the Poet of Mondo Beat
Eros Alesi
Oh, dear! Oh, mistress death! Oh, serene death! Oh, invoked death! Oh, frightening death! Oh, incomprehensible death!
Oh, strange death! Oh, long live death! Oh, death death! Death, which puts an endpoint to this vibrant lightning

Eros Alesi Pasticca, the most popular guy of the Movimento Mondo Beat and its Poet


Mondo Beat N. 2 (Issue 4) - March 15, 1967 - edition 7,000 copies


Note 1:
All photographic cliches, with which this issue was structured, were graciously offered by the newspaper L’Unità, except for one of the cover, that of a priest who holds his hat with one hand, who was drawn by Giò Tavaglione at the request of Melchiorre Gerbino. It was the first time that Giò Tavaglione has published one of his works.

Note 2:
Due to the popularity of the Movement, the magazine Mondo Beat has been besieged by people who wanted to publish their articles and poems. There were some of them who were blowing me away, because of their insistence. To get rid of the most insistent of them, on condition that they wouldn't come to The Cave, I have published their writings. Those people have been defined external collaborators of the magazine Mondo Beat. I will avoid to comment on their writings, since neither I have read those writings at that time, nor, so far, I have had the patience to do it attentively.


Melchiorre Gerbino contesting the anachronistic 
Italian establishment

An attack on the Italian school system (second part)   no comment   An article by Enrico on the unfair press campaign that Corriere della Sera headed against Mondo Beat   A lucid analysis on the events at University of Berkeley and a focus on the educational system in Italy  

Marco Maria Sigiani,a co-founder of Onda Verde,was the most knowledgeable and brilliant contributor of the 
magazine Mondo Beat   no comment   Sexual freedom,by Carlo Masi,a young psychoanalyst,an intimate friend of 
Vittorio Di Russo and Melchiorre Gerbino   Finally,mankind's problems have been eliminated, by Marco Maria 
Sigiani   Of private we have nothing more than toilet,memory,masturbation and death, 
by Antonio 'Agor' Pilati


Contributors/Contributions:

pages 1 and 12 -
With this collage, Melchiorre Gerbino contested the anachronistic Italian establishment. On the cover reads "Mondo Beat. Italy of our fathers is disappearing. Farewell, Italy!" (MONDO BEAT L’Italia dei nostri padri se ne va ITALIA ADDIO!).
The saying "Italia Addio!" was inspired by "Africa Addio"(Farewell Africa), an Italian documentary, world famous, which showed some of the events that occurred in Black Africa after the end of the colonial era.

page 2 - "The School The School The School" (LA SQUOLA LA SQUOLA LA SQUOLA) by Renzo Freschi. An attack on the Italian school system. Here is the second part of this article, the first part was published in the previous issue.

page 3 -
A writing by an external collaborator of the magazine Mondo Beat (no comment).

pages 4 and 5 -
In this double page, there are reproduced pictures of events of the Movimento Mondo Beat and the article "Corriere and beats" (IL CORRIERE E I BEATS) by Enrico. Enrico, as I have already said, was a mysterious middle-aged character, most probably a journalist working for Corriere della Sera, who wrote against his newspaper from the pages of Mondo Beat. With this article, Enrico has criticized the unfair press campaign that Corriere della Sera headed against Mondo Beat. Corriere della Sera was the major newspaper in Italy.
On the same page, to the right, a short writing by an external collaborator of the magazine Mondo Beat (no comment).

page 6 -
"From Berkeley to us - A proposal for the Student Movement and school reform" (Da Berkeley a noi - Una proposta per il Movimento Studentesco e la riforma della scuola) (1) by Marco Maria Sigiani.
A lucid analysis on the events at University of Berkeley and a focus on the educational system in Italy.

page 7 -
"From Berkeley to us - The school as a factory of brains, programmed to prepare human material for industry" (La scuola come fabbrica di cervelli, destinata a preparare materiale umano per l’industria) (2) by Marco Maria Sigiani.
Marco Maria Sigiani, a co-founder of Onda Verde, was the most knowledgeable and brilliant contributor of the magazine Mondo Beat. His writings on the Free Speech Movement, his quotes on the reflections of Mario Savio, his personal reflections on the Italian school system, were of great value to propagate The Contestation among students.

page 8 -
The writings by two external collaborators of the magazine Mondo Beat (no comment).

page 9 -
"But who are they?" (MA CHI SONO?) by Cecilia, on the beats -
In the same page, "Sexual freedom" (LA LIBERTÀ SESSUALE) by Carlo Masi, a young psychoanalyst, an intimate friend of Vittorio Di Russo and Melchiorre Gerbino.

page 10 -
"QUESTION AND ANSWER - An open letter to Mondo Beat by Monica Maimone (BOTTA E RISPOSTA - LETTERA APERTA A MONDO BEAT).
Monica Maimone was a young Communist activist, who has criticized Mondo Beat for methods and praxis with which faced the establishment (ineffective, in her opinion).
Marco Maria Sigiani has replied to Monica Maimone. What Marco Maria Sigiani has written is interesting to read, since it shows the intellectual independence that the Movimento Mondo Beat had from the Communists, while, in the meantime, the Movimento Mondo Beat contested the Italian establishment with no holds barred.
(Translation of some excerpts of the reply of Marco Maria Sigiani to Monica Maimone)
"FINALLY, MANKIND'S PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED
...Multi-action NEO-MARXISM complex PREVENTS anxieties of the individuals...
NEO-MARXISM complex REOPENS oxygenation channels of the will, nourishes, strengthens and REACTIVATES the production process... a massage of NEO-MARXISM complex on the morning
revitalizes men
feeds them to the root
promotes healthy growth... and keeps them integrated throughout the day.
NEO-MARXISM complex
ELIMINATES DISCONTENT
STOPS THE DEFICIT
MAKES MEN GROW MORE HEALTHY AND MORE DENSE..."

page 11 -
"Political chronicle" (CRONACA POLITICA) by Etra Occhialini. It was an ironic political chronicle, which has given origin to a line of political satire of the same style.
On the same page, "Of private we have nothing more than toilet, memory, masturbation and death" (DI PRIVATO NON ABBIAMO PIÙ CHE IL GABINETTO, LA MEMORIA, L'ONANISMO E LA MORTE), by Agor Pilati (Antonio Pilati). It was a tribute to the models of the provocation, intended to awaken and mobilize the students.

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Note:
It can seem exaggerate that Melchiorre Gerbino, because of the insistence of people who were foreigners to The Contestation, has let that their writings were published in the magazine Mondo Beat.
Beside the fact that Mondo Beat was a movement open to all, and this was its strength and its weakness, it is important to realize that the magazine Mondo Beat has had little valence to trigger mass contestation, since the copies of its issues, apart the students in Milan, have reached few thousand readers, almost all in areas of Northern Italy.
Instead, the windows of The Cave were of great importance to propagate mass contestation, because slogans and posters, that were displayed in those windows, were photographed and reproduced on newspapers and magazines, and were seen by hundreds of thousands of people all over Italy. At those windows you could ride the Tiger of The Contestation.
Melchiorre Gerbino didn't let that people foreign to the Movement have approached to those windows, nor any of them has ever tried, since all of them had the stupid fixation to publish in the magazine.

History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 10