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March 24, 2020

Mina e la Versilia, where, on the stage of the mythical Bussola, he made his debut and did his last concert

Celebrating the 80th birthday of a true icon of Italian music, the photos of an all Tuscan Dolce Vita

Mina Anna Maria Mazzini, for all simply Mina, born March 25, 1940 in Busto Arsizio, Lombardy, was very attached to our Tuscany, especially Versilia, which not only, like many celebrities, she often attended in the 50s, 60s and 70s, but where she even held her first and last concert.
Yes, that's right, the amazing voice of songs like Tintarella di Luna, Le mille bolle blu and Brava resonated for the first time in front of an audience right in Versilia, to be precise on the stage of the Bussola, a local historian of Marina di Pietrasanta, where in 1958 she went up a little joke, challenged by her friends, but where she then gave many concerts.

One of Mina’s concerts at the Bussola

It was here that her only 3 live albums were recorded: Mina alla Bussola live, Dalla Bussola and Mina Live '78, which immortalized her last live performance.

Since '78, when she was only 38 years old, her image has passed exclusively through the covers of her musical works, with which she never stopped, but in the collective imagination she has crystallized in that moment.

Mina dancing the twist with her brother Geronimo

Not only a great singer, the "screamer" who revolutionized Italian music, but an icon of style that everyone admired and imitated, from her make-up to her hairstyle to the way she moved and spoke.

Gaber, Battisti, Celentano, Dorelli, Nilla Pizzi and Gianni Morandi are just some of the many singers she has duetted with, some already great, others who have become so thanks to these interpretations.

Mina with Dario Fo and Franca Rame

A real myth, which on the occasion of its 80th birthday we celebrate with these exclusive shots, which remind us of it right there, where it all began, in those years when Versilia, already loved by illustrious artists and writers, was the protagonist of an all Tuscan Dolce Vita, made up of national and international stars from music and cinema, such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Carosone, Buscaglione, Sophia Loren and Benny Goodman, who loved to spend their time here or perform, at the Bussola, or at La Capannina in Forte dei Marmi, another famous club, the most long-lived in Europe.


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