Just for Barbara B...

Friday, September 15, 2006

Apparently "Punk" has landed in China and exploded! On CBC Radio's The Current this morning they're discussing the whole scene including music and fasion amongst China's youth. They're even interviewing Malcolm McLaren, the former manager of the Sex Pistols. Very interesting...

Here's a write up on today's show from the Current's website (you can also here audio clips on the site).

The Current: Part 3
Chinese Punk Rock

In this half hour, we explored the burgeoning punk music scene in Communist China to see what it says about a generation raised in the shadow of Tiannamen Square. And whether it's a cultural movement with political legs--as it was in Britian back in the 70s and 80s--or if China's punk stars are just mimicking western bands.

Yang Haisong is lead vocalist in a Beijing-based punk group called, PK14 who says it's important to sing about political uncertainty in a China besieged by change.

Turning now from the lead singer of PK-14, to the guy behind the drum kit. Jonathan Leijonhufvud is a Swedish drummer living in Beijing and we heard from him talking about how some carefully written and placed song lyrics are able to slip by state censors in China.

Another foreigner living in Beijing who has chronicled China's punk rock movement from the beginning is Anna-Sophie Loewenberg. She is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and a punk rock musician. She was raised in Los Angeles but now calls Beijing home...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for thinking of me Karen! I actually heard most of this and it was really quite an eye opener. The part where they would rescue cds which the authorities had damaged was really cool.

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