A Look at Music and Art in Beijing

Last September as the result of a strange confluence of circumstances, I ended up going clubbing in Beijing with Seymour Stein, founder of Sire Records and the man who signed the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Pretenders, the Smiths and, er, Madonna.

We ended up at a club somewhere in northwest Beijing called D-22, which is more-or-less the contemporary Chinese equivalent of CBGB.  It was…a bit surreal.  But the experience really opened my eyes what kind of music is being made in the city these days.  For the record, Seymour was really impressed by what he saw and heard.

I’ve been trying to follow what’s going on in China ever since.  That’s why this project by Zoetica Ebb interests me.  Take a look.

The Secret Guide To Alternative Beijing from The Frei Group on Vimeo.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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