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Umberto Tiboni managed the Cave, the heart of the Mondo Beat Movement
Umberto Tiboni


Introduction to "Mondo Beat N. 2".

During those two weeks when Mondo Beat confronted the Establishment, many visitors came to the Cave. They were Catholic priests who contestated the Vatican as they wanted to assert their right to marriage, they were gay and lesbian activists, conscientious objectors to compulsory military service, environmentalists, macrobiotic dietists, activists against animal vivisection... they joined the Mondo Beat Movement spontaneously and, due to their participation, the Cave would have become the crucible of the renewal of Italian society.
In addition, some young militants from political parties, both from the right and from the left, came to the Cave to show their sympathy for the Beats, as they admired their courage to openly confront tyranny. This trend would have increased over time and many young people would leave political parties and join the Mondo Beat Movement.
In those same days, other young people, who had not had any relationship with the Beats, began to frequent the Cave. These youths would easily understand that they did not have to comply with a specific program, but their way of participating in the Movement would have become part of its reality. They were discreet and generous youths, fortunately they were numerous and among them was a genius, Giò Tavaglione, who would become the designer of Mondo Beat.
But, unfortunately, other kind of people would also arrive at the Cave, people who wanted to achieve literary success by publishing their writings in Mondo Beat magazine, while, on the other hand, they avoided the risks of participating in the demonstrations of the Movement. In addition to being cowards, these persons were confused, as they did not understand what was going on with the Contestation. They wrote nonsense and were intrusive, some of them would have taken Melchiorre Gerbino's breath away, for the pressure they made to have their writings published. Melchiorre Gerbino could not ask them to get away from the Cave, as he had not have this authority, Mondo Beat having been conceived so that no one had authority over others, only people who would not comply with the obligations of no violence, no drugs, no theft, could be expelled from Mondo Beat structures (and no one ever was).
Not having found any other way to get rid of these characters, Melchiorre Gerbino would have published some of their writings, but on strict condition that they did not attend the Cave, thus avoiding that they could annoy the youths of the Base with their blah blah. These insufferable characters were defined external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine. Melchiorre Gerbino did not read their writings at the time of publication, having understood at a glance they were nonsense, nor he had the patience to read them so far, so now he will not comment on them.


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

Note. This issue was structured with clichés kindly offered to Mondo Beat by the newspaper L'Unità, they had already been published and L'Unità didn't need them anymore. There is one exception, since a cliché of the cover, that of a priest with a hand on his hat, was drawn by Giò Tavaglione at the request of Melchiorre Gerbino.

The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967

The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967  

The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967   The fourth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 7,000 copies - Milan, March 15, 1967

Comments on articles.

pages 1 and 12 -
With this collage Melchiorre Gerbino contestated the anachronistic Italian Establishment. On the cover reads "L’Italia dei nostri padri se ne va. ITALIA ADDIO!" (Our parents' Italy is leaving. FAREWELL, ITALY!). The saying "Italia addio!" was inspired by "Africa Addio" (Farewell Africa), an Italian documentary, world famous, which showed events which occurred in Black Africa after the end of the colonial era.

page 2 -
"LA SQUOLA" by Renzo Freschi. Here is the second part of an article whose first part was published in the previous issue and gave the prosecutor Antonio Scopelliti a pretext to order the seizure of that issue and to indict Renzo Freschi and Melchiorre Gerbino for offending public decency.
Of the many writings published by Renzo Freschi in the magazine Mondo Beat, this on the Italian school system is the only really appreciable and the deliberately incorrect term "squola" (instead of "scuola") has been acquired in the Italian language to making fun of the Italian school system.

page 3 -
On this page you will find the first article published by an external contributor to Mondo Beat magazine : "Gli odiosamati" (The loved-hated ones).
Melchiorre Gerbino still remembers this external contributor because when he showed signs of annoyance, due to this external contributor's insistence on wanting to publish this article, then this external contributor, to stimulate compassion, told of his German mother who killed the wolfdog with a lethal injection, as the beast was aging and losing hair in the apartment.

pages 4 and 5 -
In this double page there are photos of Mondo Beat events, and there is the article "IL CORRIERE E I BEATS" (The Corriere and the Beats) by Enrico. As already mentioned, Enrico was a journalist in the Corriere della Sera, who wrote anonymously against his newspaper from the pages of Mondo Beat magazine. In this article, Enrico criticized the unfair press campaign waged by the Corriere della Sera against the Mondo Beat Movement.

On the same double page, in the last column on the right, there is another article "I SANTINI" (The images of the saints), written by that same external contributor whose mother killed the wolfdog (see how Gerbino was moved, that he published two articles of this external contributor in the same issue!).

page 6 -
"Da Berkeley a noi. Una proposta per il Movimento Studentesco e LA RIFORMA DELLA SCUOLA" (From Berkeley to us. A proposal for the Student Movement and SCHOOL REFORM) by Marco Maria Sigiani.
With this article Marco Maria Sigiani has made a valuable contribution to this issue, for the information he has provided on events at the University of California on the Berkeley Campus.
Marco Maria Sigiani, in recounting about the true youth protest in the United States, blew the wind of counter-information. Then he focused on the school situation in Italy.

page 7 -
"Da Berkeley a noi. La scuola come Fabbrica di cervelli, destinata a preparare Materiale umano per l'industria" (From Berkeley to us. The school as a brain factory, programmed to prepare human material for industry) by Marco Maria Sigiani.
Certainly Marco Maria Sigiani was one of the best informed of the editors of Mondo Beat and one of the most original.

page 8 -
Writings by two external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine.

page 9 -
"MA CHI SONO?" (But who are they?) by Cecilia on the Beats.

On the same page, "LA LIBERTÀ SESSUALE" (Sexual freedom) by Carlo Masi.
He was one of the first students who joined the Mondo Beat Movement. In those days he attended college, then he would earn a bachelor's degree in psychoanalysis. Carlo Masi was close friends with Vittorio Di Russo and Melchiorre Gerbino.

page 10 -
"LETTERA APERTA A MONDO BEAT" (Open letter to Mondo Beat) by Monica Maimone.
She was a young communist activist who criticized Mondo Beat for the methods and practices with which it confronted power, since in her opinion they were not efficient, and she praised the methods and practices of communism.
Marco Maria Sigiani replied to Monica Maimone. It is interesting to read how he replied, as it gives an idea of the distance the Mondo Beat Movement had from the communists. Here is the translation of some excerpts from Sigiani's reply:
"FINALMENTE ELIMINATI I PROBLEMI DELL'UMANITÀ "(Finally mankind's problems were eliminated).
New Marxism Complex opens the oxygenation channels of the will, nourishes, strengthens and reactivates the production process.
A massage of New Marxism Complex in the morning
revitalizes men
feeds them to the root
promotes their healthy growth and keeps them integrated throughout the day.
New Marxism Complex
eliminates discontent
stops the deficit
makes men grow more healthy and more dense...


page 11 -
"CRONACA POLITICA " (Political chronicle) by Etra Occhialini.
It was an ironic political chronicle, which gave rise to a line of political satire of the same style, both in literature and theater.

On the same page, "DI PRIVATO NON ABBIAMO PIÙ CHE IL GABINETTO, LA MEMORIA, L'ONANISMO E LA MORTE" (We no longer have anything private, except toilet, memory, masturbation and death) by Agor Pilati (Antonio Pilati), who quoted this sentence by Andrea Fidóra to give title to his article.
With this article, Antonio Pilati intended to pay tribute to the models of the "provocation", according to the approach of the Dutch Provos. But it is to be noted that this article was conceived after the terminology of the Contestation had already been formulated and the Contestation had had its baptism of fire with the Demonstration to Contestate the Establishment. But Antonio Pilati was not aware of what had happened. A high school student preparing to take the exam, he had had no time to participate in the events of the Mondo Beat Movement. While the Contestation opened new scenarios in Milan, Antonio Pilati still praised the models of the "provocation", when they were obsolete and nothing happened anymore in Amsterdam. Antonio Pilati had been so nailed to a chair and a table that he hadn't be able to reach his window, to watch History passing under it.


History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 10