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Extreme Rocker and Writer Marco Ferrarese's Hardcore Opinions on Living and Traveling Asia
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MARCO FERRARESE is an Italian globetrotting musician, researcher, author and freelance journalists with very itchy feet. He originally comes from Voghera, a sleepy small town buried in the southwestern part of Lombardia, Northern Italy. Before traveling, there was the rock: Marco played guitar in The Nerds, an abrasive 300mph rock and roll punch in the face, with which he toured internationally all around the so-called “civilized world”. Many European and two USA tours brought Marco to experience situations and emotions that just few people in the world are able to recall when thinking about their past. As a consequence, roaming and touring bit so deeply into his heart that he decided to leave home for one more, fatal time: in fact, he jumped at the chance to teach Italian in China from October 2007, and thus bought his one-way ticket to unknown adventures.

Marco Ferrarese has travelled across 50 countries and lived in Italy, the United States, China, Malaysia and Australia. In 2008, he traveled overland from Mongolia to Melbourne, Australia, hopping only on one short flight. As if that wasn’t enough, he did it again in 2012, adventuring and hitchhiking from Singapore to Milano along Silk Road’s routes and the Middle East. This time, he managed to complete the odyssey without taking any flights.

He has widely written in Italian and English about traveling, the vagabonding lifestyle and extreme rock music for his own blog Monkeyrockworld and other international printed and online publications such as  BootsnAll, Wild Junket, the Expeditioner, MUCCHIO, China Files and the Southeast Asia Globe. Since January 2012, he is also a resident blogger at Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding website. When he’s not on the road and/or writing, he still pushes metal for Italian record label Cruz del Sur Music and enjoys new forays into the Southeast Asian extreme music underground.

Marco’s first pulp novel NAZI GORENG explores the underbelly of Malaysian international drug trade and displaced youth, and has been published in September 2013 by Monsoon Books in Singapore.

He also recently started editing digital travel magazine Wicked World, and plays lead guitar in Malaysia’s finest thrashcore band, WEOTSKAM.

Last but not least, he loves simians and got a peculiar ‘monkey’ surname thanks to his penchant for naughty monkeys. As you can see below, he seems to enjoy their company immensely.

monkey in sumatra

IL PERSONAGGIO

Marco Ferrarese, classe 1980, nasce a Voghera (PV). E’ Laureato in Lingue e Letterature Straniere alla Statale di Milano, ed ha completato un Master of Arts presso la USM di Penang, in Malesia.

Dopo aver suonato la chitarra per 10 anni nel gruppo punk The Nerds Rock Inferno che ha raggiunto fama nell’underground internazionale e ha calcato i palchi di Europa e USA in varie occasioni (7 tour Europei e 2 Americani), alla fine del 2007, stanco della vita italiana, si trasferisce.

Dove? In Asia, e piu’ precisamente in Cina,dove insegna l’Italiano e l’Inglese per un anno e viaggia via terra, treno, carretto e bue per 22 delle sue 33 province.

Marco Ferrarese with Myanmar Shan State people

Fame di emozioni ancora più nuove, la scoperta di una realtà molto diversa da quelle che ha già vissuto e la scelta di alzare la testa e dire “bene, prendiamo il controllo del mio tempo” hanno concretizzato l’idea base di questo sito: il condividere la sua visione della vita e pubblicare i propri scritti, cercando di raggiungere (e potenzialmente coinvolgere) anche tanti che ancora non la conoscono.

La Scimmia Tatuata Contro il Dragone Meccanico e’ il lbro che Marco scrive durante il suo soggiorno in Cina, e che ne racconta le avventure, le impressioni e il grande adattamento. E’ l’avventura tragicomica di un professore dI lingue straniero con l’hobby del rock and roll in una terra di verze bollite, sviluppo incontrollabile e cultura millenaria. Il tutto SENZA SAPERE UNA PAROLA DI CINESE.

Marco Ferrarese ha viaggiato e vissuto in 50 paesi, attualmente facendo dell’Asia la propria base operativa. Interessato a raccontare le realta’ di vita e viaggio in cui si imbatte in modo caustico, diretto e senza peli sulla lingua, sta sviluppando progetti di viaggio e ricerca etnografica. Al momento radicato in Malesia, e’ disponibile ad aprire qualsiasi tipo di contatto per scrivere e raccontare le sensazioni e situazioni che fanno dell’avventura il suo pane quotidiano.

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