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By Jeroen de Kloet

Throughout the Nineties illegally imported compact discs, referred to as dakou CDs, flooded into China, establishing up the track global to chinese language adolescence and encouraging them to scan with new sounds and new existence. fast, dakou grew to become the label for a brand new iteration of chinese language, a colourful new release not tied to the Maoist earlier. in accordance with fifteen years of fieldwork in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, China with a lower surveys the tune that emerged in Nineties China and makes a case for its involvement within the upward thrust of China as a cultural and fiscal international energy.

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The response of both the media and the audience to the album was lukewarm (Tao 2000a: 3), and the band failed to regain the status it had gradually lost over the years. It remains to be seen if their third album, rather oddly titled Knight of Romantic, released in the summer of 2008, can change that predicament; critics label it as a rather unsuccessful attempt to return to the good old days, when the lead vocalist still had the HARD SCENES 55 ability to use a high-pitched voice (S. Wang 2008: 146).

After signing up with Magic Stone, they became successful overnight. Their CD is said to have sold over a million copies, and within a few months of its release, more than ten pirated versions were on the market. Unable to cope with their instant success, problematic years followed. Addiction to drugs lasted for years, and in May 1995 guitarist Zhang Ju died in a motorcycle accident. They split with Magic Stone, which, according to the band, had not supported them during their hard times. It was only in 1997 that the band started playing again, for a short while managed by Dickson Dee from Hong Kong.

The hard force of rock – a force that comes with a strong imagination of a clear origin: the West – demands localisation when the sound travels to places outside the West in order to become and remain authentic. 13 For this flyer, Cui Jian borrowed from the imagery of the Communist Party. Whereas the Party ‘liberated’ the country on 1 October 1949 from a feudal regime, the flyer suggests that the rock of Cui Jian will liberate China from its current authorities. We see red arrows pointing to areas already liberated by the force of rock, whereas the shaded parts are yet to be liberated by our hero with his electric guitar.

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