Rome, Feb. 4 – If Italians seem a little nutty these days, pop music is the reason, as it emanates nightly from the San Remo song festival to people glued to television sets and radios the length and breath of the country.”
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Defiant protest songs against war, racism or authority in general found little favor with the Italian judges. For example, one tune not making the finals was that by an American mother, Barbara Cowsill, and her five children. Its chorus, roughly translated from the Italian in which all contestants must sing went:
“Bartolomeo bored 1/112 holes in a straight line down an iron pipe.”
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