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Sunday, October 16 2011

Rock 'n' Roll with Chinese Characteristics: Nirvana Behind the Great Wall

Like pretty much everywhere else in the pop music universe, China's developing rock scene changed after Nirvana. It's just that China's rockers didn't get the memo in 1991, nor would've known what to do with it, then.


Thursday, October 6 2011

Red Rock: The Long Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll

From pivotal concerts by local legends to controversial visits from international rock superstars, clashes with state censors and government-sponsored rock festivals, this work encapsulates the thrills and frustrations experienced by Chinese rockers.


Sunday, February 26 2006

China Syndrome

The garage-punk band Subs are from China, and they wish that didn't interest you.


Sunday, May 15 2005

The Anti-Godfather

Cui Jian brought rock and roll to a land of a billion people and has reigned for almost 20 years as the foremost proponent of Chinese rock. Just don't call him its Godfather.


Columns

Thursday, April 19 2007

Getting Sick in a Foreign Language

There is something familiar to me in that idea of an abandoned past; in a place like Beijing, you too can become anybody, literally. Because of the disconnect between here and Back Home, you can create for yourself the identity you've always wanted.


Thursday, March 1 2007

The Revolution Will Not Be in a Stadium

If the Chinese revolution has a soundtrack, it won't be the Rolling Stones' songs; especially given that their ticket prices are more than most Chinese can afford.


Sunday, August 27 2006

Foreigners in Foreign Lands, Part II: Exotic Occidentals

The second in a series of two examinations of foreign musicians, in which the Devil returns, literally, to China, to suss out those abusing the 'foreign' tag.


Sunday, July 30 2006

Foreigners in Foreign Lands, Part I: Exotic Orientals

In the first in a series of examinations of foreign musicians we meet the Subs, a Chinese band who, no matter how good (or bad) their music, are first and foremost Chinese -- whether they like it or not.


Thursday, April 6 2006

Yar Matey! Sailing the Pirate-infested Seas of Beijing's CD Shops, or: Piracy: A Defence

The Beijing music-buying experience is daunting and disorienting, rife with clogged cardboard boxes, cut-outs, and pirated imports. In a highly censored market, the explicitly illegal discs may also be the most necessary.


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