foreign music

Kraftwerk Barred Over 1998 Free Tibet Concert

Chinese authorities have barred German electronic music legends Kraftwerk from a Beijing festival, apparently because of a cancelled appearance at a concert for Tibetan independence 15 years ago. From Jonathan Kaiman at The...

China Tightens Concert Rules After Elton John Incident

China has tightened requirements on visiting foreign musicians following Elton John’s dedication of a Beijing concert to the artist-activist Ai Weiwei last November. From Tania Branigan at The Guardian: The singer’s...

The Hundred Schools Of Thought: Underground Hip-Hop in China

New York-based artist and musician Jie-Song Zhang is writing a series of blog posts and photo galleries for National Geographic exploring the underground hip-hop movement and youth culture in China. From the first installment:...

Radiohead Enters Censored World of Chinese Social Media

British band Radiohead has opened an account on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblog service. From GlobalPost: In the past the band led by singer Thom Yorke has been critical of human rights in China and performed at...

Mammoth Dylan-in-China Motherlode, #1

James Fallows is digging deep into the rumors that Bob Dylan was banned from performing in China, and discovers that news of his mainland tour may have been a concoction of his bad Taiwanese promoters: A ton of interesting...

China Blocks Bob Dylan Gigs

Bob Dylan fans in China will be denied a chance to hear him sing live, the Guardian reports: Dylan’s planned tour of east Asia later this month has been called off after Chinese officials refused permission for him to play...

Chicago to China: A Giddy Musical Exchange

The New York Times reports on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first visit to China: Among the top orchestras in the United States, it has the most musicians born in China, according to Li-Kuo Chang, the orchestra’s...

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