I Nomadi sprang from one of the most fervent periods
of the Italian music scene: the 1960s. In those years
an economic boom revealed an Italy economically enriched
but already socially impoverished.
Tens, if not hundreds, of groups appeared and disappeared attempting to express the voice of a youth who felt repressed
by a society still permeated with antiquated conventions.
The original 1963 formation of six was founded in Reggio Emilia: Augusto Daolio (vocals), Beppe Carletti (keyboards),
Franco Midili (guitar), Leonardo Manfredini (drums),
Gualtiero Gelmini (sax), Antonio Campari (bass).
In the same year Nomadi were signed by
Frankfurt Bar in Riccione.
Franco Midilli had to leave the group that summer for
compulsory military service.
As often happens, the lineup changed frequently: in
1964 Madfredini left after the death of his parents; so
did Campari and Gelmini, who were replaced by Gabriele
‘Bila’ Copellini on drums and Gianni Coron on bass.
In 1965 they released their first 45", featuring the song
"Donna, la Prima Donna" ("Woman, the First Woman")
and "Giorni Tristi" ("Sad Days") with the collaboration of
De Ponti and of Odoardo Veroli (known as Dodo) as
writer and composer.
Their first hit was 1966's "Come potete giudicar"
(How Can You Judge, which was actually the cover
of Sonny Bono's "The Revolution Kind"), anthem of
the Italian beat generation, which exemplifies the clash
between hippies and conservatives.
In the wake of this success i Nomadi came into contact
with a young and then unknown writer, Francesco Guccini,
who would go on to give them other successes:
"Noi non ci saremo" ("We Won't Be There"),
"Dio è morto" ("God is Dead"), "Canzone per un'amica"
("Song for a Friend").
I Nomadi's political commitment is particularly evident in
some songs such as "Primavera di Praga" ("Prague Spring"),
written by Guccini and dedicated to Czech student Jan Palach.