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Gio Tavaglione
Giò Tavaglione, the designer of Mondo Beat

Chronologically, Gio Tavaglione's Manifesto di Mondo Beat is the first Italian manifesto of the Sixties
"Manifesto di Mondo Beat", by Giò Tavaglione (approximate copy) printed by Edizioni di Cultura Contemporanea - May 1967 - edition 2,000 copies
Chronologically, Giò Tavaglione's "Manifesto di Mondo Beat" is the first Italian manifesto of the Sixties.

Mondo Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - May 31, 1967 - print run 12,000 copies

The sixth issue of Mondo Beat magazine appeared at the height of the history of the Movement, at the time of Barbonia City, when the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley and the Provo Movement in Amsterdam were in decline and Mondo Beat's youth produced in Milan the greatest changes in society.
Barbonia City lasted from the dawn of May 1, when it rose, to the dawn of June 12, when it was destroyed militarily, but the long wave of sexual liberation it aroused would have arrived everywhere in Italy. The Italians, who had been sexually repressed, especially Italian women, would have emerged from this wave among the most sexually liberated people in the world, and such they would have remained


In this issue, two pages together formed a large one.

The cover was prepared by Melchiorre Gerbino with slogans who had marked the story of the Mondo Beat Movement
Mondo Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 1 and 12

The cover was conceived by Melchiorre Gerbino with slogans that had marked the history of the Mondo Beat Movement. Of these slogans, many are puns and can be understood only by readers who are familiar with the Italian language. Of some other slogans, there will be an English translation.

Of course, of all the slogans, the most prominent was this

This was the most important slogan of Mondo Beat and the most successful
The one integrated, protesting - the Beat contestating

Other slogans are:

- "The school is a forge of brains and a condom of ideas - Students, shout it from the desks!" (LA SCUOLA FUCINA DI CERVELLI, PRESERVATIVO DI IDEE - STUDENTI GRIDATELO DAI BANCHI!)

- "Seized publications - The Milan Prosecutor's Office has ordered the seizure of «Mondo Beat» n. 1, dated March 1, 1967, having judged its content contrary to morality" (PUBBLICAZIONI SEQUESTRATE - La Procura della Repubblica di Milano ha disposto il sequestro di «Mondo Beat» n. 1 dell’ 1.3.1967 giudicandolo di contenuto contrario al buon costume)

- "Moral space for an emergency generation" (SPAZIO MORALE PER UNA GENERAZIONE D’EMERGENZA)

- "In Vietnam with a mini-consciousness, at the Vettabbia with a miniskirt". Note: Vettabbia was the name of the brook that bordered the east side of Barbonia City. (AL VIETNAM IN MINICOSCIENZA, ALLA VETTABBIA IN MINIGONNA).

- "The atomic bomb for world hunger" (LA BOMBA ATOMICA PER LA FAME NEL MONDO)

- "There is no room for cartridges in the backpacks of the Beats" (NEGLI ZAINI DEI BEATS NON C’É POSTO PER LE CARTUCCE)

- "Give us the sleeping bags and keep the flags for yourself" (DATECI SACCHI A PELO E TENETEVI LE BANDIERE)

- "As a Beat, you will live, while in the system, you will die" (BEATS SI VIVE, INSERITI SI MUORE)



The family, home of selfishness, by Antonio Mariani
Mondo Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 2 and 3

In this large page, of interesting there is the article by Anto (Antonio) Mariani "The family, home of selfishness" (LA FAMIGLIA FOCOLARE D'EGOISMO). Antonio Mariani was a youth from the Base of Mondo Beat, who participated in the Rally to Contestate the Establishment. In this article, he described how a typical Italian family of that time prevented a boy from acting socially as he wished, even though there was nothing wrong with this. And he described how parents pushed a boy to conform in the most boring and unfruitful ways to what they thought was good for his social integration.

Moreover, on this page there are 6 verses by Tella Ferrari and many others by Renzo Freschi, who could not refrain from publishing, even when he had nothing interesting to tell.

There is also an external contributor to the magazine Mondo Beat, such Claudio Pitschen.

Finally, in the upper left part of the page, there is the poem of a spy of the Church (OM), who infiltrated Barbonia City a few days before the publication of this issue. About this unfortunate person and what he did, I will tell in a separate chapter. And I will do it, not because this person was influential in the history of the Contestation, as it was not at all, but because his personal history is exemplary to demonstrate to what extent the Vatican can exploit those people who have been sodomized, in their tender years, by the priests who were their teachers, as in his case. Therefore, although it is not essential, I suggest you read about this unfortunate person, after you have finished reading the story of Mondo Beat: Gianni De Martino.

And since I have mentioned Catholic priests who sodomize children, whom no one can say he has never heard of, I want to briefly explain why this happens.
Martin Luther's Reformation created, among other situations, also a profound change in the life of priests. Indeed, before the Reformation, the priests had a maid, called "perpetua", who was actually a concubine from which they had children. But because of the Reformation, the Church introduced the Inquisition, to have people fear the most atrocious torture and death if they tried to do as the Protestants. Because of this situation, priests could no longer have a family life, but had to devote all their energies to the Church.
So, the eggheads of the Church decided to divert the priests towards homosexuality, while, furthermore, they asked the priests to work for the Inquisition. And to give the priests an excellent example of how they should have behaved, the eggheads of the Church chose, as pope, Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte, who was a torturer and a pederast.
Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte took the name Jiulius III and promptly introduced the "Sacrament of Confession" (in the year 1551) that consists of a practice in which a subject has to confess his acts and programs to a priest. The Sacrament of Confession was intended to identify suspect subjects to deliver to the Inquisition.
As a pederast, Pope Julius III had an affair with a 13-year-old boy, Santino, the son of one of his servants. This love story was shown to the public, especially the priests. At one point, the pope asked his brother Arduino to adopt the boy, who took the name Innocenzo Ciocchi del Monte. The pope made him cardinal when he was 17.
While thousands of people were murdered in the most atrocious practices of the Inquisition, Giovanni Maria and Santino were admiring a fresco in Villa Giulia, which we also can admire so far. In this fresco there are painted two angels, one of which holds, in his hand, the penis of the other, who offers himself lasciviously.
From the time of Julius III, Catholic priests are molded in the likeness of him: confessors and pederasts, for the good of the Church.

Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte introduced the Sacrament of Confession in the year 1551
The Sacrament of Confession.

The Sacrament of Confession in our day is practiced by confessor priests to convince the elders to leave their inheritance to the Church rather than to their relatives (promising them Paradise). And it is practiced by confessor priests to orientate voters in favor of politicians in the service of the Church (telling the most naive voters that Jesus and the Virgin Mary have appeared to those politicians).

The Sacrament of Confession in unconstitutional in countries where the Catholic religion doesn't constitute state religion
The Sacrament of Confession runs well


A boring open letter sent to Mondo Beat by Michele Rallo, a fascist who didn't understand that Mondo Beat was an anarchist movement and not a communist one
Mondo Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 4 and 5

On the right part of this page, there is the article of an external contributor to the magazine Mondo Beat, titled "Al punto di partenza" and signed Paola

At the bottom of the center of the page, there is an article, "Senza motivi Senza anima", by the aforementioned Vatican spy, Gianni De Martino.

The rest of the page is covered by an open letter sent us by a fascist, Michele Rallo, who understood nothing of the anarchist nature of Mondo Beat and believed that the Movement was influenced by the communists. Thus, stupidly, Michele Rallo explained us how Jack Kerouac and other characters of the Beat Generation were not communists.


Gio Tavaglione was inspired by Monique Charvet
Mondo Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 6 and 7 (Top half of the Manifesto)

The top half of Giò Tavaglione's "Manifesto di Mondo Beat", which was reproduced in 6,000 copies out of the 12,000 copies of this issue.

Gio Tavaglione was inspired by Monique Charvet
Monique Charvet Monik

In this photo, taken in The Cave at the time of Mondo Beat's hunger strike, the first is Monique Charvet Monik, a French girl, to her right Ringo and Jenny, Romans.
Monique Charvet took part in the Rally of Flowers, the hunger strike in The Cave and the following Rally to Contestate the Establishment. She was caught by the police in both rallies and deported twice to France, from where she returned twice. At police headquarters, they were kind to her and never put her in prison. Giò Tavaglione was inspired by her and in the upper left corner of the "Manifesto di Mondo Beat" he wrote "Siamo tutti a viso aperto" (We are all open-faced) "ma Monik di più" (but Monik more). And there are also signature and date (Giò 67).

Gio Tavaglione died very young in an accident in a hotel room
Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 6 and 7 (Lower half of the Manifesto)

The lower half of Giò Tavaglione's "Manifesto di Mondo Beat" was reproduced in the remaining 6,000 copies of the the 12,000 copies of this issue.
Edizioni di Cultura Contemporanea, copyright holder of the Manifesto, graciously authorized the publication of it in Mondo Beat magazine.

Giò Tavaglione died very young, a few years after the time of Mondo Beat. He slipped into the hotel room where he lived and slammed his head against the edge of a piece of furniture. He did not drink alcohol, nor did he take drugs, it was a terrible accident that no one expected.
In this picture, a close-up of Giò Tavaglione, who is the first to stand. Next to him, Giorgio Contini.


Mondo Beat N. 4, pp. 8 and 9 - Sexual education in the Italian style, by Claudio Alemagna, an article to read
Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 8 and 9

In the upper part of this page, there is an article, "Dalla foglia di fico alla vernice", by that external contributor whose mother killed the wolf dog.

In the lower part of this page, on the right, there is the article "Dateci i sacchi a pelo e tenetevi le bandiere", by the aforementioned Vatican spy, Gianni De Martino.

In the middle of the lower part of this page, Melchiorre Gerbino published a photo he had taken from those already published by the newspaper L'Unità, a photo of a girl who really looked like those girls who attended Barbonia City, and he published it with the caption "Send us 50 kg of spaghetti every day at Mondo Beat campsite, Via Ripamonti. Help us contestate you!". As I have already mentioned, the newspaper Il Giorno was receptive and sent 50 kg of spaghetti to the campsite every day.

Finally, on the left of the lower part of this page, there is an article of great value, by Claudio Alemagna, entitled "EDUCAZIONE SESSUALE ALL'ITALIANA" (Sexual education in the Italian style). It is the case I translate the essential of it and you read it, because this article is so actual that it seems not to have been written in the sixties, but in the (two thousand) twenties:
« The press is announcing that the government is preparing some texts for sexual education in the school, since it is "a necessity that cannot be postponed".
The news fills us with dismay, because we imagine what can be sexual education in a country ruled by proconsuls of the Vatican. So far, the bigots who govern us have adopted the tactic of ignoring the issue of sexual freedom, by strictly forbidding any discussion on the subject. Now that young people are getting rid of many taboos, those bigots are abandoning their silence and are preparing a counterattack.
To predict what will be sexual education in our school, just look at some of the many small volumes that various Catholic organizations have recently published on the subject.
These books usually begin with a very detailed exposure on reproduction, that is, with photos of sperm and ovules, discourse on chromosomes, and many other topics of little interest to the nonspecialist. This scientific exposure aims to intimidate the reader, making him understand how great is his ignorance on the subject, in order to prevent him from criticizing the crap that will be said later.
On the other hand, when it comes to contraception, the discourse becomes very fast and it highlights the insecurity of all means of birth control and the "immoral, unnatural" feature of the same means. Thus, it concludes that the surest means of contraception is abstinence.
Information returns to be plentiful when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases: infertility , paralysis, blindness, madness, abnormal children, are spectra dramatically agitated before the eyes of the reader.
When the effect of terror has been achieved, they inform, with only two lines, that venereal diseases can be treated and cured.
Finally comes the sure assertion that abstinence has never hurt anyone and can easily be achieved by any normal young person.
So, it is to be hoped for in our youth's attitude of refusal towards school and teachers, so as not to lose what we have achieved so far in the field of sexual freedom.»


Mondo Beat N. 4, pp. 10 and 11 - The champion, by Gianluigi Castelli on the refusal of Muhammad Ali in participating in the Vietnam war
Beat N. 4 (Issue 6) - pages 10 and 11

On this page, there are 3 articles, respectively signed, Tito Livio Ricci, Giuseppe Franzosi, Giovanna Carlier, who were all external contributors.

On the same page, there is of interesting an article, "Il campione" (The champion), by GIANLUIGI (Gianluigi Castelli), who expressed appreciation for Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali's refusal to participate in the Vietnam War. This article is printed at the top right of the page. Below it, there is another article "Il morto", (The dead driver) by Renato (Renè Vento), who complained that in Monte Carlo, where a Formula 1 driver had died in an accident, people at the casino were still playing roulette, instead of pausing in sorrow. With this article, Renè Vento believed he was contestating the System, when in reality this was the dumbest article published in Mondo Beat magazine.

In conclusion.
This last issue, although interesting as layout, had however very little of interesting to read, because too many were the articles by people foreign to the Contestation, who did not understand what was going on and wrote trifles.
Evidently, Melchiorre Gerbino was in a critical situation with the Magazine and understood it well. Therefore, before printing this sixth issue, he had already decided that after this publication, the Magazine would have suspended its activities for four months, that is to say until the beginning of October, when the schools reopened, and coinciding with the time when Mondo Beat would return from Barbonia City to The Cave. He had decided this, because he wanted to change the nature of the Magazine, by publishing only cartoons, images with lapidary legends and photomontages. For sure, this would have produced a selection of original collaborators. He had calculated that four months time were needed to operate this transformation and have a new issue ready for publication. After that, he would have been able to publish 3 or 4 more issues before the end of the year, when the Movement would have been reasonably dissolved and the Magazine would have finished publishing. Later I will explain why dissolve the Movement and finish with the publications of the Magazine at the end of that year.
Melchiorre Gerbino had discussed all this with Giò Tavaglione, who had assured him of close collaboration.
To have time to develop this project without being absorbed by other commitments, it was decided to print 12,000 copies of this sixth issue, so that they would have lasted until early October. Therefore, on June 1, when Tecnografica Milanese delivered us the 12,000 copies of this last issue, 7,000 were stored in The Cave and 5,000 were put into circulation for sale. As it was almost summer, and activities in the city were already decreasing and soon a mass of Milanese would have gone on vacations, we estimated that the 5,000 copies put into circulation would have been sold in the time of a month. Instead they were sold in 3 days. Consequently, we had to stop selling on the streets, for not having sold out all the copies at once, but being able to distribute them over time. Thus, the single copy was sold to those who specifically requested it. An incredible paradox, the Magazine was most successful when it reached the lowest quality level of its articles. This success was obviously due to the sexual revolution in Barbonia City, of which the Milanese have been informed day after day, thanks to the Corriere della Sera, the Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte.

History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 14