Live at the Forbidden City

Live at the Forbidden City

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Live at the forbidden City offers a singular look at the rapidly evolving Chinese popular music scene, as seen through the eyes of one of the first progressive Western musicians to perform extensively in both China and Taiwan. In the 1980s and 90s, American author and musician Dennis Rea played concerts in venues ranging from sports arenas to underground nightclubs to TV broadcasts - frequently under bizarre circumstances and the constant threat of harassment by Communist Party authorities. Spiced with informative reflections on Chinese music and culture, Rea interweaves depictions of his musical adventures with an insider's look at China's emergent rock music phenomenon and an eyewitness account of the violent civil uprising in Chengdu at the same time as the events at Tiananmen Square.The resourceful Tang Lei salvaged the Chongqing leg of the tour by arranging shows on three consecutive nights at the ... Most of the patrons at these sparsely attended gigs were small-time wheeler-dealers who chain-smoked, downedanbsp;...

Title:Live at the Forbidden City
Author:Dennis Rea
Publisher:iUniverse - 2006


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