by Carl Russo
"Giuseppe Impastato used every available medium to battle the Mafia. In 1976, he founded a small FM radio station and called it Radio Aut. His signature show, 'Onda Pazza'—‘Crazy Wave’—was a series of satirical dramas about life in Mafiapoli, a stand-in for Cinisi. Music and sound effects wryly underscored the dialogue of Peppino and friends. Local politicians were lampooned mercilessly to the porcine snorts of Pink Floyd’s ‘Pigs.’ An obvious caricature of Don Tano Badalamenti depicted the capo praying for a Christian Democrat win, mixed with the ricochets of bullets from an old western. Blaring from the portable radios of young people gathered in bars to hear it, the show was a hit." —excerpt from The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide by Carl Russo, coming 2014 from Strategic Media Books
Porca miseria! I’ve opened my post with a quotation of...myself! The height of narcissism? Here are three reasons why I gave you a tiny sneak from my upcoming book:
1: Today would be the sixty-fifth birthday of anti-Mafia martyr Giuseppe “Peppino” Impastato (1948-1978) of Cinisi, Sicily. He’s one of the many, many individuals profiled in my illustrated travel history of the Sicilian Mafia. I present his story with photographs of the significant locations of his life and death: Peppino’s home; the home of his Mafia nemesis, Don Tano Badalamenti; his radio station; his murder site and his tomb—the interior of his tomb, to be exact.