Music

 

The Godfather of Chinese Rock ’n’ Roll Talks Tiananmen

 •  June 4

The birth of Chinese rock ’n’ roll can be pinned to 1986, when 24-year-old Cui Jian sang “Nothing to My Name” in a nationally televised...

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Making noise – the intrinsic protest of rock bands in Beijing

 •  March 6

In Beijing, bands rock'n'roll but with Chinese characteristics, writes Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.  "The place is very rock'n'roll," Ben Ben...

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Placebo – review

 •  February 25

Placebo is famously named after the term for prescription drugs used to ease troubles of the mind (you know, rather than actually healing). The...

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Why piano-mania grips China’s children

 •  October 22

In Mao’s China, pianos were destroyed as despised symbols of the bourgeoisie – but now an estimated 40m children are learning the instrument....

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China’s Ethnic Song and Dance

 •  May 31

In China’s worst single outburst of ethnic violence in four years, 21 people died last month in the far western region of Xinjiang. But never mind...

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