We've been down and out for a year... mostly because uh, well, I was in China.
A good year a good year... now that we're back, it's time to battle the western media...
The Sound, Not of Music, but of Control
new york times' article on the state of chinese underground/mainstream music
typical western slanted perspective sprinkled with throwaway key words like "communism" "conformity." narrow research... could have at least mentioned midi and the slew of music festival popping up all over the country... and the national campaign of "creativity" heralded even by the said communist government. i mean, i'm not condoning the pop market. then again, i'm not sure avril lavigne is any better than a mouse loves rice. what's ironic is the chinese pop market is actually flooded by taiwanese and hk pop acts (two "land of free thought."). The article completely ignores the fact that China has a bigger and burgeoning rock market even by per capita than Taiwan and HK.
come to think of it, i don't think rock should be "mainstreamed" at all.
What are you guys' opinion on the article, observations while in china, thoughts on how rock is neglected or......... confession of obsession with "mouse loves rice?"
on a side note, i love WAN XIAOLI!!!!! (whom we can now find at KTVs.... if that's not mainstream, then I don't know what is... fucking Times) sorry, but what's rock without a little anger yeah? :)