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Youth Masses, Black Skin, and Italian Beat Music

Laura E. Ruberto (July 31, 2008)
A look at the Italian youth masses of the 1960s, beat music, and una ragazza from New Orleans.

A few years ago, Duck Records released on CD “La messa dei giovani” (“The Youth Mass”), a recording from 1966. Youth masses, or le messe dei giovani, were driven by the Second Vatican Council, which led the way for, among other things, a decreased use of Latin and an increased use of electric guitars inside church walls.


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