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Most of the Italian the singers of the '60s look like the boy next door. The maximum transgression is made by the singer Adriano Celentano, that at the Festival of Sanremo sings "24,000 kisses" giving his back to the audience and swaying wildly. But something is changing. The echoes of Bob Dylan, and Ginsberg Kerouack slowly come to bathe the shores of our beautiful country and affect some groups that do not waste time in defining themselves "Beat". They are the DIK DIK, L'Equipe 84, NOMADS, THE GIANTS bands , authors of texts engaged and turned to the wind of news that come from the United States.
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Parents, already reluctant to understand the passion of their children for Celentano, Don Backy or Bobby Solo, are literally out of place in front of guys that hour of the table, between a noodle and the other, talk about pacifism, best of worlds and the crisis of values in a society that seems aged suddenly.The boldest claim convinced that "... God is dead, edges of roads, cars taken in installments, in the myths of the summer." Mothers make the sign of the cross, and there are no excuses from those irrespectful words even if their children are ready to explain that it is a song written by the Nomads, Guccini, which in turn was taken from the poetry of Ginsberg's "The Scream ".Social protest, slowly, reaching the intensity that characterizes the United States. Theater of the the Italian beat songs are not the universities , nor literary circles (as happened in New York's Greenwich Village), but a disco that will sign an era: the Piper Club in Rome. Opened in 1965, in the premises in Via Tagliamento ago it is an alcove to the Italian beat: there will play all the best singers of the time, and on that stage two Italian stars were born, CATHERINE CASELLI and PATTY PRAVO. The first one will favor a lot the entrance to the English-speaking music in Italy, thanks to the interpretations - strictly translated – of the songs of Otis Redding, Cat Stevens (another great American hippie hero), the Rolling Stones. Her most famous song is nessuno mi può giudicare.The second one, however, will introduces a full word "scandal" in the music vocabulary , singing difficult topics such as homosexuality and the ménage à trois. She is famous for her song la bambola when she started her career. Young Italians are in turmoil: they feel that the time has come to speak up, offering a message that has a substance. The song, then, appropriates also politicians content, especially on the part of singer-songwriters, some of whom write real "posters" of the dispute of 60’s which is now ready to explode.


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