A bit of history

Between 1983 and 1985, piero scaruffi (who at the time was a software engineer working on the soon-to-be-named-Internet) created his first e-zine, distributed by e-mail over the soon-to-be-named-Internet. Between 1986 and 1990 he created an online database, downloadable via ftp. That database mutated into his own website in 1995, after the World Wide Web was invented. It became one of the very first websites, and possibly the first website ever to carry the name of its owner (for lack of imagination). So www.scaruffi.com has existed in one form or another since the 1980s. That accounts for its high ranking with the most popular search engines (it pre-existed them) and for the huge amount of pages that it contains: those pages have been written over a long period of time.

In 2006 the New York Times ran an article about www.scaruffi.com that was titled "The Greatest Web Site Of All Time" (October 15, 2006, Arts & Leisure section page 26).

In 2007 the government of mainland China banned piero's website, that was no longer visible by one billion Chinese people (no idea why).

The philosophy of life behind this website

The philosophy is very simple. Today's culture is biased towards business. I discuss culture without paying any attention to what sells. I am interested in great artists, musicians, writers, etc, regardless of how the business and the establishment perceives them. I also try to apply a historical perspective: history is my main interest.

A note about language: what is in English and what is not?

The original goal was to make this website multilingual. Fifty thousand pages later, that goal is becoming a bit unrealistic. Currently the website is in a phase of transition and might remain there forever: (Why Italian? A tribute to my roots. I wish I had room to publish also translations in other languages).

In all sections that are several hundreds pages of listings, news and ratings that are multilingual. The language-dependent parts are the profiles of musicians/directors and the reviews of records/movies.

A note about the format

To prove the point that my opinions are unbiased, even this very website is built against the advice of just about everybody I know: Every single person I know has advised me to do the opposite of these points.