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Eros Alesi, the truest poet of the Sixties
Eros Alesi, the truest poet of the Sixties

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 and his mother, Angela Polidoro, photographed in front of The Cave .

Introduction to Mondo Beat No. 3.

This fifth issue marked Onda Verde's detachment from the Magazine, since Onda Verde's guys didn't submit any article for publication. It was a pain, since they hadn't realized how necessary it was to adopt a new strategy to move forward, to reach the goal to which the Movement was destined, mass contestation. They were too busy at school and hadn't participated in the events which were occurring, and those were the days when new events opened new scenarios. As a result of their detachment, the magazine Mondo Beat would have lost quality, while Onda Verde would have disappeared from the scene, as it had no consistency, in fact, it had created an image of itself thanks to the articles of Antonio Pilati and Marco Maria Sigiani which had been published in the Mondo Beat magazine.
But, in return, the anarchists appreciated Mondo Beat's strategy of creating a tent city to promote a wider sexual revolution, consequently, the bond between the youths of Mondo Beat and the Provos of the Sacco e Vanzetti section has become stronger and so the fraternal bond between Melchiorre Gerbino and Giuseppe Pinelli.

Now, focusing on this fifth issue of the Magazine, April 30, 1967, the day this issue appeared, marks a historic date, due to the attack, on the front page, against the Corriere della Sera.
It is no exaggeration to say this, since this attack was the first tremor of an earthquake that would have devastated the Establishment media, due to the inability of the old Italian intelligentsia to deal with the new one, in an age of confrontation between generations. Indeed, the old intelligentsia was destined to end in a catastrophe as it was mainly composed of provincial characters, while the new Italian intelligentsia was of cosmopolitan youths. To explain well, let's take some steps back in history.
At the end of the Second World War, the Sicilian mafiosi who had taken refuge in the United States were welcomed back to Sicily, where otherwise the Mafia had been eradicated by Fascism, and this return occurred due to the acquiescence of Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) who wanted to slow progress in Sicily.
Subsequently the Church, first in Sicily, then throughout southern Italy, would have selected politicians, judges and police commissioners, to put them at its service, with the ultimate aim of curbing progress in southern Italy. Furthermore, a substantial part of these officials selected by the Church in southern Italy would have been transferred to the north of Italy, in order to slow progress there too.
Why such opposition to progress by the Vatican?
Because the Vatican will one day die of progress and the Vatican is aware of this, so it tries to drive that day away as far as possible. If you understand this, you have understood the true Vatican policy, everywhere and at any time.
Why didn't the Vatican choose people in northern Italy, to put them at its service, and instead had to move them from southern to northern Italy? Because in northern Italy it was almost impossible to find a young lawyer who would join the police as a commissioner, while in southern Italy, due to the precarious economic situation (created mainly by Vatican policy), hundreds of young lawyers would have been happy to accept such a job. Moreover, and this is of great importance, a young lawyer from northern Italy, who would serve as a police commissioner, would not easily engage in a dirty job at the Vatican's request, while a good part of those police commissioners, who would have been transferred from southern Italy, yes, they would have done. And this because northern Italy was inhabited by people who were more developed than those of southern Italy and not only economically, but also as awareness, being the two conditions corresponding.
Finally, those officials transferred from southern to northern Italy would not have needed to be continually ordered by the Vatican to slow progress, they would have done it somehow automatically. It takes time for people to free themselves from a repressed education and the consequent behaviors, at least the time of a generation.
I say all this without racist complacency, as I am Sicilian.
Now, about what concerns Mondo Beat, it as to be said that many of those journalists who formed the editorial staff of Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte, the 3 main newspapers who had the task of confronting Mondo Beat, were individuals from underdeveloped areas of southern Italy who had moved to north. Of course, they were able to write in flowery Italian, but their intellectual dimension was that of the provincials of southern Italy, their existential dimension was that of sexually unsatisfied individuals. They couldn't be serene in confronting the sexual revolution promoted by Mondo Beat. And in fact their behavior would have been that of sexually frustrated individuals. Under the pretext of promoting morality, they would have engaged in a furious campaign against Mondo Beat, day by day, without perceiving that they had ended up in the pathetic and the grotesque, while many of their readers would have understood this.
There were also journalists from northern Italy in the editorial staff of those newspapers, but almost all of them were daddy's boys, who had gotten the job without merit. Usually, they tried to catch butterflies, and they would have continued to do so in the middle of a devastating earthquake.


Mondo Beat N. 3 (Issue 5) - April 30, 1967 - Edition: 8,000 copies.

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The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 8,000 copies - Milan, April 30, 1967   The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 8,000 copies - Milan, April 30, 1967   The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 8,000 copies - Milan, April 30, 1967   The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 8,000 copies - Milan, April 30, 1967   The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 8,000 copies - Milan, April 30, 1967   The fifth issue of Mondo Beat magazine - Edition 8,000 copies - Milan, April 30, 1967

Contributors and comments on the articles:

page 1
Articles that Corriere della Sera published in order to give a negative image of Mondo Beat     This cover marks the beginning of the clash at loggerheads between Mondo Beat and the Establishment media

On the left, a collage of headlines and photos of articles published by the Corriere della Sera in order to give a negative image of Mondo Beat.
There was misinformation in all these titles and in the corresponding articles. The way the Corriere della Sera tried to give a negative image of the Mondo Beat Movement and its characters was mischievous and indecent, and the Corriere della Sera had shown this negative attitude since the first days when the Mondo Beat Movement had appeared and, thereafter, constantly.
Before reaching an agreement with the Police headquarters, Mondo Beat did not have the ability to counter the attacks of the Corriere della Sera, as all its energies were devoted to the survival of the Movement. But now that it no longer had to face the police and could raise the bar, Mondo Beat would give Corriere della Sera some lessons in the Contestation-style. Indeed, such an article, on the front page of a famous magazine for young people, was like a bolt from the blue for the Corriere della Sera. As those who worked there were used to be respected as journalists of "the most authoritative Italian newspaper", they would have become furious and we will see the consequences of their reactions.

page 2 -
"Si dice: i giovani di oggi sono gli accademici conservatori di domani" (Today's youth are said to be tomorrow's conservative academics) by Paolo Viganò. A reflection on the clash between generations.

page 3 -
"La guerra, la guerra e sempre la guerra" (War, war, always war). Blah Blah by Renzo Freschi, unable to calm himself from the anxiety of being published, since he believed he was one step away from entering the Olympus of the great writers.

page 4 -
The writings by three external contributors to the magazine Mondo Beat.

page 5 -
Here, one more external contributor to the magazine Mondo Beat.

page 6 -
And here, yet, another external contributor to the magazine Mondo Beat (the one whose mother killed the wolf-dog).

To say it with a Christian expression, Melchiorre Gerbino has carried the cross of the external contributors. He should be admired for the saintly patience he proved.

page 7 -
"Cordusio", by Ombra (Giorgio Cavalli). The description of the days when the Beats used to meet in the underpasses of Cordusio subway station. That was the time preceding the opening of The Cave.
As I have already mentioned, Giorgio Cavalli Ombra was one of the Beats of the first hour and one of the most famous in the Movement.
Many years after the Mondo Beat time, I met Giorgio Cavalli in Milan. On that occasion, he said something very rewarding for me, given the responsibility I had in leading the Movement. We were talking to people who did not know much about the story of Mondo Beat, so, to make them understand, at one point I said: "Mondo Beat wanted to be an anarchist movement". And Ombra said "There has never been anything more anarchist than Mondo Beat".
Here we can see Ombra when he came to The Cave to deliver the article published on this page 7

page 8 - and page 9
"Fuori" (Out), by Renè Vento.
Renè was a gay activist of the first hour. He was in his thirties and lived together with a young boy who had fled from his home, whose surname was Vento, and this surname Renè adopted for himself.
In this article, Renè Vento described the feelings of a boy who had fled from his home and arrived for the first time at The Cave.
In 1971, that is, four years after Renè Vento published the article "FUORI" (Out) in the Mondo Beat magazine, a group of homosexuals founded a magazine called "F.U.O.R.I.".
The letters of the name of this magazine "F.U.O.R.I." would have indicated respectively:
F = Front
U = Unitary
O = Homosexual
R = Revolutionary
I = Italian.
To put it in English, it would be "Unitary Revolutionary Homosexual Italian Front". To explain why such a cumbersome denomination, those gays declared:
"The magazine was conceived during informal meetings in the Milanese house of Fernanda Pivano and Ettore Sottsass, attended by homosexuals from Turin, Milan and Rome".
So the devious Fernanda Pivano had resorted to such an imbroglio (FUORI - F.U.O.R.I.) to confuse and disperse the patrimony of Mondo Beat.

The machinations of Fernanda Pivano
The devious Fernanda Pivano

Already after the dissolution of the Mondo Beat Movement and the departure of Melchiorre Gerbino from Milan, Fernanda Pivano had quickly created several groups called "Mondo Bit" among the very young middle school students. Note that the pronunciation of "bit" and "beat" is the same in Italian.
At the time of Mondo Beat, invited by the state television, Jack Kerouac came to Italy to give an interview and he couldn't escape the condemnation of having Fernanda Pivano hanging around him. To a journalist who asked what he thought of Fernanda Pivano, Jack Kerouac said verbatim "A communist Jewish spy". There is no doubt that this was declared by Jack Kerouac, since Fernanda Pivano herself affirms it in her book "C'era una volta un Beat" (Once upon a time a Beat) Arcana Edizioni, 1988.
Now, I don't know if Fernanda Pivano was Jewish or Turkish, communist or fascist, but she was certainly a spy and worse than it. Indeed, we will read more about Fernanda Pivano's machinations.

page 10 -
Poems, two of which by Tella (Tella Ferrari).

page 11 -
Sandro Mayer about Beats and art.

page 12 -
Copy of the complaint lodged in Milan Court on April 3, 1967. The document, prepared by the lawyers Alessandro Garlatti and Carlo Invernizzi, was accompanied by detailed allegations of police abuses against young people from the Mondo Beat Movement who had not committed any offense.
Note. To give a correct frame on what was the relationship between the police and the Beats, it has to be said that all young people on the road understood that the confrontation was not between them and the police, but between them and the Establishment, which sent the police against them: and this understanding was promoted by Mondo Beat, and it was a giant step that Mondo Beat promoted for emancipating a generation of youths. This would have created a state, if not of fair play, at least of no personal confrontation between the single Beat and the police officer. Of course, there would have been situations of violent behavior from some cops against some Beats, like those reported in this complaint, but the motivations were not of ideological order, but because those cops couldn't refrain their jealousy towards the Beats, given that the Beats had so many love affairs and those cops not.

Melchiorre Gerbino structured this fifth issue of the Magazine with photo cliches graciously offered by the newspaper L'Unità. These cliches had already been printed and L'Unità no longer needed them.


History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 12