Author: Nathanel Amar

So Rock! Magazine (我爱摇滚乐) CD Archive Project

We previously talked about 1990s rock magazines in China, as « Punk Generation » (朋克时代) or « Freedom Music » (自由音乐). They pretty much all disappeared after one or two years. One fanzine however became so popular that he was distributed in major Chinese cities, and lasted for more than a decade… I’m talking…

[English] Remembering June 4th in Songs

The history of the Chinese 1989 democratic movement is also a musical story. Singers, mostly rockers, were mobilized in favor of the students, who often sing their songs during the protests. It’s now a cliché to remind that Cui Jian’s song « 一无所有 » (« Nothing to my Name ») was the anthem of…

[English] Chinese Rock Magazines, 1998-2001

If you still remember what we said before (yes, it’s been a while), you know that in the mid-1990s something new is going on in China. Between a new « cultural fever » (文化热), the apparition of dakou (打口) CDs and tapes, and the formation of China’s first punk bands, the Chinese…

[English] Visual Archives: Documentaries on Chinese Underground Music

In this post, I will try to list all the documentaries that were produced on Chinese independent music. A lot of these documentaries can be found online, but there is no systematic listing, and some are unknown to the general public. So here is a list (provisional and that will…

[English] Wuliao Jundui (无聊军队), 1999

If UnderBaby paved the way for punk music in China by offering the possibility for bands to rehearse in their Baihua’r hutong room, it’s the punk collective « Wuliao Jundui » (无聊军队 – namely the « Boredom Contingent ») that truly laid the foundations of Chinese punk, for better and worse. Spoiler alert: there…