Cui Jian

Meet the Grandfather of Chinese Rock

Vice Magazine has posted a lengthy interview with Cui Jian, often referred to as the “Grandfather of Chinese Rock n Roll.” Cui Jian was China’s first domestic rock star in the 1980s, and gained international...

Pussy Riot, Rock and Roll and China

For The International Herald Tribune’s Rendezvous blog, Mark McDonald explores the world of Chinese rock music in light of the Pussy Riot verdict in Russia: The case has some echoes in China, which tolerates little...

Cui Jian: Still Rocking

Cui Jian began his music career playing trumpet for the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra in the early 80s. He is now lauded as the father of Chinese rock music. Earlier this week, fans gathered in Beijing for a special preview of...

Rock n' Roll With Chinese Characteristics

Canadian drummer Jonathan Campbell has been living in China for the past 10 years. During this time, he has gotten well acquainted with China’s rock music scene, and done his part to promote China’s burgeoning music...

Podcast: New Sounds of China

London Chinese Radio’s New Sounds of China music podcast has reached the end of its second season, hosted by music journalist and musicologist Paul Kendall and guitarist, vocalist and Beijing opera performer Hu Pan. Each...

Cui Jian’s Revolution with Beer

“The German Die Zeit published this glimpse of an anti-Olympics concert by veteran rocker Cui Jian, held in a Beijing bar outside the Olympic zone. As the greatest symbol of the “nothing” generation, Cui Jian still bottles...

Western Acts Rock Beijing Music Fest – AFP

From AFP: Thousands of Chinese music fans flocked to a park in Beijing this weekend to see some of the West’s most subversive bands, who infused the annual Pop Festival with serious rock-and-roll attitude. Crowds were expected to swell on Sunday for shows by anti-establishment industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails and China’s political bad boy […]

Music Series: Cui Jian – A Piece of Red Cloth

“I performed at Tiananmen Square in 1989, 15 days before the crackdown. I sang A Piece of Red Cloth (一块红布), a tune about alienation. I covered my eyes with a red cloth to symbolize my feelings. The students were heroes....

Rolling Stone magazine hits the streets in China – AFP

From AFP, via China Daily (link): The face of Cui Jian, the godfather of Chinese rock and roll, graced the cover of the first Chinese edition of the classic American rock and roll magazine, Rolling Stone. The venerable bible of pop culture launched its Chinese edition this month focusing on Asia’s emerging youth culture, while […]

Cui Jian played in Beijing last Saturday – Taipei Times

From Taipei Times: China’s godfather of electric rock Cui Jian assaulted Beijing late Saturday with his loud and angry wall of sound in his first officially sanctioned concert in the capital in 12 years. Some 10,000 fans gathered in the Capital Gymnasium to hear the 44 year-old perform the latest versions of his songs, many […]

Jin Baicheng: Red rock catches fans’ hearts

From China Daily: To mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, top Chinese rock’n’roll bands and singers will gather in Beijing’s Workers Stadium tomorrow to perform a string of revolutionary songs. It will be the largest performance ever staged by Chinese rock stars…… Some accuse the performers of yielding to commercialism […]

Cui Jian’s Music In Flash

From the Danwei Blog: Cui Jian, about whose influence on Chinese rock-and-roll countless dissertations have been written, is set to release a new album at the end of the month. In the meantime, he has teamed up with noted Flash artist Lao Jiang to release an animated video for his new song Mr. Red.

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