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Eros Alesi, the most popular guy in the 
Mondo Beat Movement, the truest poet of the Sixties
Eros Alesi Pasticca


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

Introduction to Mondo Beat No. 3.

This fifth issue of the Magazine marked the detachment of Onda Verde from Mondo Beat, as the guys from Onda Verde didn't submit any article for publication. It was a pain. They hadn't realize how necessary it was to adopt a new strategy to achieve the goal to which the Movement was intended, mass contestations to affirm civil rights. They were too busy at school and hadn't participated in events of great importance which had occurred, and those were the days when new events opened new scenarios. Due to their detachment, Mondo Beat magazine would have lost quality, while Onda Verde would have disappeared from the scene, since they were less than 20 people, they did not have a magazine nor a seat, they were known thanks to the articles that Pilati and Sigiani had published in Mondo Beat magazine.
But in return, the anarchists appreciated Mondo Beat's strategy of creating a tent city to promote a broader sexual revolution, so the bond between Beats and Provos Sacco e Vanzetti became stronger and also the brotherly bond between Melchiorre Gerbino and Giuseppe Pinelli.

Now, with respect to this fifth issue of the Magazine, it must be said that the day of its publication, April 30, 1967, marked a historical date, due to an article published on the cover of this issue, with which Melchiorre Gerbino attacked the Corriere della Sera head-on.
It is no exaggeration to affirm so, because 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, which was provincial, in coping with the new one, which was cosmopolitan. Since there was a pitiless intellectual confrontation between the generations in the Sixties, the old Italian intelligentsia was destined to end in disaster. So, let's take a few steps back in history to explain what kind of people formed the old Italian intelligentsia, the one which was then in power.
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 select politicians, magistrates and police commissioners to put at its service, with the ultimate goal of impeding progress in southern Italy. In addition, a substantial part of these officials would have been transferred to northern Italy, to slow progress also in that part of the Country.
Why so much opposition to progress by the Vatican?
Because the Vatican will one day die of progress and the Vatican is aware of it. The Vatican is therefore trying to push this day as far as possible in the future. If you understand it, you understand true Vatican politics in the modern era, anytime, anywhere.
Why did the Vatican not select people in northern Italy, to put at its service, and rather had to move them from the south?
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 precarious economic situations (of which the Vatican is the main responsible), hundreds of young lawyers would have accepted such work. Furthermore, and this is of great importance to consider, a young lawyer from north Italy, who would have served as police commissioner, would not easily have done a dirty job at the request of the Vatican, whereas a good part of southerner police commissioners, they would have done it. This, because north Italy was inhabited by people more developed than those of the south and not only economically, but also as conscience, 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, since I am Sicilian.
And to conclude on Vatican policy, its current policy (2020) is perfectly in line with what I have explained so far. The Vatican sabotages progress in developing countries with Catholic populations (as it has ruthlessly done in Venezuela and Zimbabwe) while it promotes the exodus of underdeveloped individuals to developed countries, for instance Africans towards Europe, as everyone can see.

Now, going back to our story, 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 of the provincials of southern Italy, their existential dimension of sexually unsatisfied individuals. They couldn't be serene in confronting 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 realizing that they ended up in the grotesque, while many of their readers would have noticed.
There were also journalists from northern Italy in the editorial staff of these newspapers, but almost all of them were dad's children, who had obtained 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.

Melchiorre Gerbino structured the layout of this issue with photo cliches graciously offered to Mondo Beat by L'Unità, who had already printed them and no longer needed.


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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:

There will be no comment on articles from those boring external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine, since Melchiorre Gerbino didn't read them entirely at the time of publication, nor so far.

page 1

The reason why Melchiorre Gerbino attacked the Corriere della Sera can be understood considering that this newspaper waged a devious press campaign against the Mondo Beat Movement. Below there is a collage of headlines and photos of articles that Corriere della Sera had published in order to give a negative image of the Mondo Beat Movement. It must be said that there was misinformation in all these titles and the corresponding articles

Articles that Corriere della Sera published in order to give a negative image of Mondo Beat
The reason why Melchiorre Gerbino attacked the Corriere della Sera.

Before reaching an agreement with the Police headquarters, Mondo Beat did not have the ability to attack the Corriere della Sera, since 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. Below there is the translation into English of this page 1

This cover marks the beginning of a clash at loggerheads between Mondo Beat and the Establishment media
Translation into English of the front page of Mondo Beat N. 3

Indeed, such an attack from a magazine, famous among youths, was like a bolt from the blue for the Corriere della Sera. As people who worked at Corriere della Sera were used to be respected as journalists of "the most authoritative Italian newspaper", they became furious because of this attack and we will see how their reactions and what the consequences.

page 2 -
"Si dice: i giovani di oggi sono gli accademici conservatori di domani" (Today's youths 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 in the Magazine, since he believed he was one step away from entering the Parnassus of the eternal poets.

page 4 -
Writings of three external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine.

page 5 -
One more external contributor to Mondo Beat magazine.

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

To put it with a Christian expression, Melchiorre Gerbino carried the cross of the external contributors to Mondo Beat magazine. If not for other reasons, he should be admired at least for the saintly patience he has proved.

page 7 -
"Cordusio", by Ombra (Giorgio Cavalli). The description of the days when the Beats used to meet in the underpasses of Cordusio metro station. That was the time preceding the opening of The Cave.
As I have already mentioned, Giorgio Cavalli Ombra was one of the early Beats and one of the most famous of 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 deliver his article "Cordusio".

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 boy who had fled the house, whose surname was Vento, and this surname Renè adopted for himself.
In this article, Renè Vento described the feelings of a boy who had run away from home and arrived at The Cave.
In 1971, that is to say, four years after Renè Vento published the article "FUORI" in the Mondo Beat magazine, a group of homosexuals founded a magazine called "F.U.O.R.I.".
The letters of the denomination "F.U.O.R.I." have respectively indicated:
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 suggested such a name for putting in act an imbroglio (FUORI - F.U.O.R.I.) to confuse the memory of Mondo Beat and rob from its heritage.

Fuori (Out) an article by Rene Vento, a gay activist of the first hour
The devious Fernanda Pivano.

For the same purpose, that is to say, to rob from Mondo Beat heritage, after the dissolution of the Movement and Melchiorre Gerbino's departure 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, Jack Kerouac came to Italy to give an interview, invited by state television, and he could not avoid having Fernanda Pivano on his heels. To a journalist who asked what he thought of Fernanda Pivano, Jack Kerouac said: "A communist Jewish spy". There is no doubt that this was said by Jack Kerouac, since Fernanda Pivano herself affirms this 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 this. In fact, we will have more to say about Fernanda Pivano.

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

page 11 -
Sandro Mayer about Beats and art.

page 12 -
Copy of the complaint filed at the Milan court on April 3, 1967, against the Police headquarters. The document was prepared by lawyers Alessandro Garlatti and Carlo Invernizzi.
And, at this point, let's give a correct frame on what was the relationship between the police and the Beats.
Thanks to Mondo Beat's cultural policy, all young people on the road were aware that the confrontation was not between them and the police, but between them and the Establishment. This was important in effectively motivating the youths from the Base of Mondo Beat, who had to be not only brave but also intelligent to carry out exemplary actions, which were intended to inspire all the youth.
This cultural policy, constantly promoted by Mondo Beat, would have avoided a state of personal confrontation between the single Beat and the policeman. Of course, there would have been situations of violent behavior by some policemen against some Beats, but almost always they were young policemen who could not hold back jealousy, since the Beats had many love affairs and they had not.


History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 12