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By Jeroen de Kloet

Throughout the Nineteen Nineties illegally imported compact discs, referred to as dakou CDs, flooded into China, commencing up the tune international to chinese language formative years and encouraging them to test with new sounds and new existence. fast, dakou turned the label for a brand new new release of chinese language, a colourful iteration not tied to the Maoist prior. in accordance with fifteen years of fieldwork in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, China with a reduce surveys the track that emerged in Nineteen Nineties China and makes a case for its involvement within the upward push of China as a cultural and financial international strength.

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His purely despondent bass divulges the loneliness towards the future and the destruction of the will to live. Their simple and weird minor-scale progression embeds anxiety and emptiness. It is not only a musical language, but also a spiritual wandering guided by some old instinctive language. Their irregular and airy sound texture constructs some kind of imaginary space. 9 Zu Zhou’s critique of contemporary Chinese society is more a radical denial of meaning: ‘I’m disgusted by Marxism; in my opinion, it has cheated me.

It has only one aim: to enslave, to overthrow and to enslave again … Looking at the so-called process of human history, whether it’s religion, politics, law or economy, they are all closed cans suppressing and constraining human instincts, like putting you into a vacuum and suffocating you. They call it unity. Like Feng Jiangzhou, Qiu Ye is already in his late thirties, and has been active in the rock culture for more than fifteen years. However, he released his first CD only in 1997, and it was praised as the best Chinese album of 1997 by ‘China Broadway’ (Zhongguo Bailaohu).

It is not about expressing your truths but about manipulating consumers. (in Kovskya 1999: online) According to Michael Dutton, ‘apart from the marginal and marginalised niche market of heavy metal and rock, it is the sickly sweet songs of Canto-pop that fill the airwaves’ (1998: 239). Such crude judgments and classifications as expressed by rock musicians as well as Western academics represent a general and typical opinion on Chinese pop: overtly commercialised and lacking any creativity. Which may explain why so far, despite its smaller audience and its limited appeal among the Chinese diaspora, it is mainly rock that attracts the attention of Western-based observers, be they journalists or academics.

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