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Friendly electricians, love and elephant-sized mosquitoes: the magic of Italopop

Friendly electricians, love and elephant-sized mosquitoes: the magic of Italopop

“It contains all the misery in the world, but always the greatest joy”: author Eric Pfeil on the most beautiful music in the world and his homeland

Adriano Celentano, Italopop legend, 1968 during the Sanremo Music Festival (Photo: akg-images / Mondadori Portfolio)

Italy is the land of music. It is not surprising that Silvio Berlusconi once earned his first lire as a singer and manager on cruise ships and nightclubs. Even when he was Prime Minister, he remained fond of beautiful singing. Berlusconi even wrote songs and praised the artistry of singer Ornella Vanone.

German author Eric Weil had a surprise hit two years ago with his best-selling book, “Azzurro.” His impassioned lyrics to over 100 selected songs became a declaration of love for Italy's multifaceted pop culture – and an explanation of the country and its people. Entertaining, charming and rich in detail.

Now the Caliph is available with 100 more canzones. “Ciao Amore, Ciao” ​​goes deeper: in addition to Italopop in all its confusing diversity, as well as fashion and food, Pfeil also deals with politics, North-South conflict, and questions of feminism.

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