Great Book on Chinese Rock

I’ve been to China a number of times and each time I go, I try to gauge what’s happening with the rock scene.  I can tell you this:  it’s come a long, long way since that first-ever tour by a Western act.  And in case you were wondering, that was George Michael and Wham in 1985.

Today, though, every genre seems to be flourishing, especially in Beijing.  There’s a club in the northwest of the city called D-22 which seems to be ground zero for a lot of what’s happening.  If you’re interested in the evolution of Chinese rock—and seriously, it’s a fascinating story—there’s a book called Red Rock:  The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll by Jonathan Campbell.  He’s lived in Beijing since 2000 and he’s got some great stuff to tell.  It’s available now through Earnshaw Books.

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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  • April 17, 2012 at 9:22 am
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    I can tell you this: it’s come a long, long way since that first-ever tour by a Western act. And in case you were wondering, that was George Michael and Wham in 1985.

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