Music from the anti-nuclear movement: Italy

Laka has a large collection of music (on vinyl, LPs & Singles and on CD or even VHS and Music Cassettes) supporting the anti-nuclear struggle. Most of these recordings are documenting a specific struggle in a specific era and location, and are living documents of that decennia long struggle. We’re focusing on officially released music, but if appropriate added some digital content too. Music is part of Laka's 'special collections' - the culture of the international anti-nuclear movement - which also includes a large collection of anti-nuclear songbooks, posters and graphic novels. If you have anything to add, want to make a contribution or an inquiry about a specific record, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Paola Nicolazzi
Fermiamo le centrali nucleari
Single 45 rpm, March 1978

Paolo Nicolazzi (1933-2014) was an Italian anarchist and singer-songwriter from Carrara. She was the ‘voice’ that accompanied the struggles of comrades throughout the 1970s: the songs she sang formed the ‘soundtrack’ of many anarchist demonstrations, parties, and sit-ins. She was also very active in the struggle against the construction of Montalto di Castro nuclear power plant, close to Carrara. Construction stopped after the 1987 referendum was won. This 45 rpm is released by the Anarchico Cultural Circle of Carrara.
Paola Nicolazzi wrote the music of one of the best-known Italian anarchist songs of all times: ‘Il galeone’. ‘The Galleon’ is a poem ("We are the anemic crew of an infamous galley…"), written in jail in 1967 by Belgrado Pedrini, also an anarchist from Carrara.

Artisti contro il nucleare - No al nucleare

Artisti Contro Il Nucleare
No Al Nucleare
digital, 2010

In March 2010 Greenpeace started a new media campaign entitled Nuclear Life Style which aimed to properly inform the public about what the risks are of having a nuclear power plant on their territory. Artists Against Nuclear was created to support the new Greenpeace campaign by initiating and coordinating a large mobilization of artists: musicians, actors, graphic designers or of any other discipline: “Music and art in general are powerful means of communication, and in these times of systematic misinformation and outright state mystification, artists can (and must) do all they can to present themselves at the forefront of this battle against Italian-style nuclear madness.” The first initiative of the project was the launch of a song-manifesto created through the collaboration of many important artists. Part of Artisti Contro Il Nucleare were Adriano Bono & Torpedo Sound Machine, Piotta, Luca Zulu Persico, Leo Pari, Punkreas. This song, produced and distributed by Greenpeace Italy, was available for download on March 9, 2010.

Listen to No Al Nucleare, written by Artisti contro il nucleare

Danny Darko – Nuclear is madness, front & back coverDanny Darko – Nuclear is madness, label

Danny Darko
Nuclear [is] madness + Fukushima
Vinyl 12” One-sided, 2011

Danny Darko (Daniele Cannizzaro) is an Italian DJ, producer, guitarist and songwriter. In April 2011, in response of Fukushima, he released the track Nuclear [is] madness: “1/4 progressive, 1/4 techno, 1/4 dubstep & 1/4 rock metal” as he describes it. He composed the song before the March 9, Fukushima nuclear disaster, about “how dumb I thought this sort of ‘rebirth’ of Nuclear Energy was” and performed every instrument: guitars, drums and synths. The A2 track - ‘Fukushima’ - is a powerful progressive track made in collaboration with Toni Lewis.
Darko explicitly spoke out against the construction of nuclear reactors, which was pushed by the then-Berlusconi government and subject of a referendum due to be held in June 2011. ”I say let’s shift to renewable energies, solar energy above all. Nuclear is still madness.” In 2010, he already supported the Greenpeace campaign against BNP Paribas to 'stop radioactive investments', including its plans to fund an obsolete, dangerous nuclear reactor in Brazil.

Artisti contro il nucleare - No al nucleare

Artisti Contro Il Nucleare
I pazzi siete voi
digital, May 2011

Just after Fukushima, seven young people in Italy decided to live locked up in a radiation shelter untill the referendum (12+13 June) about the restart of nuclear power, the brainchild of Berlusconi. They followed precise radiation protection rules: sealed doors and windows, no salad, no milk, cheese, fresh meat or fish. Only internet with a 24-hour stream from the shelter. Greenpeace Italy supported them and provided them with all the tools to organize their protest. In May support came also from the music world. Adriano Bono & Torpedo Sound Machine, Radiodervish, Roman singer-songwriter Mannarino and Modenese Cisco Bellotti, Luca Militant A of Assalti Frontali and Sicilian group i Percussonici wrote this song in support of the activists and their anti-nuclear campaign. It is titled "I pazzi siete voi" (the crazy ones are you) and was released (only digitally) by Greenpeace Italy on May 20, 2011. The referendum was a huge success for the anti-nuclear movement.

Listen to I pazzi siete voi, written by Artisti contro il nucleare