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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...

Rock in China: An Insider’s Journey

Over the past 30 years, many a foreigner has headed into the middle kingdom to find fortune in the brisk economy of a rapidly changing nation. When Jonathan Campbell went to China over a decade ago, he was searching for the...

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...

Mixing It Up: Interview with Matthew Niederhauser

Artspace China, a blog produced by the University of Sydney, interviews photographer Matthew Niederhauser who has documented China’s underground bands at the D-22 club in Beijing: CC: I’ve heard people comparing this world...

Pierced Fans, Stiff Cadres and Hip Rock

China’s biggest rock festival, the Midi Music Festival, won the blessing of local officials this year, the New York Times reports: The incongruity of security agents facilitating the sale of cannabis-themed merchandise was...

Profile of P.K. 14

PRI’s The World profiles the Beijing punk band P.K. 14. Listen to the report here: The band is called ‘P.K. 14′, and its music has been called post-punk. But its lead singer says he’s been influenced by everything from Bob...

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...

Weekly Popcast: P.K. 14 and Carsick Cars

During their visit to New York, members of Carsick Cars and PK14 talked to Ben Sisario of the New York Times for the weekly Popcast. Listen here (the recording first has an interview with Wale; the China interviews start after...

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