Pino Daniele, Naples’s most beloved songwriter, died one Tuesday of Epiphany, in the early hours of the morning, when, accompanied by his girlfriend, he was rushed to the clinic of his trusted cardiologist in Rome, halfway between his house in Tuscany where he first felt the seizure coming, and the city where he was born and raised.
When the students of the Southern Italian city heard that one of their most famous residents had died, they knew they had to do something.
The People’s Carnival that took place in the town of Pomigliano (Southern Italy) in 1977 was an exemplary moment in the history of the Italian Left. Combining folk music, art performance and a radical language, thousands automobile workers and their families gathered up against austerity.
The event was depicted in a documentary that I screened (in an edited version) during the event New Politics of Autonomy, at Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, on October 27, 2013, together with Ben Morea (founder of the Black Mask group). This is an excerpt from the talk.
The video of the documentary (with English subs) can be found here.