Beijing Pop Festival Stretches Old Chinese Boundaries – Sam Beattie

From VOA News:

For the third year in a row, the Pop Festival attracted thousands of lovers to the Chinese capital. But this year was different. Anti-establishment bands from the West played alongside controversial local rocker Cui Jian — whose songs became anthems to the 1989 student movement.

It was a rare opportunity for thousands of music fans, young and old, to get a little wild.With headliner Public Enemy — whose hip hop music urges young people to “fight the powers that be” — and acts such as Nine Inch Nails — known for its anti-establishment rage — organizers successfully pulled off a very controversial line-up….[Full Text]

[Image: Beijing pop festival attendees, via VOA]


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