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Sound Kapital : Beijing's Music Underground (Hardcover)

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China exists today in a liminal realm, caught between the?socialist idealism of old and a calamitous drive for wealth?spurned by recent free-market reforms. This seemingly?unbridgeable gap tears at the country?s social fabric while?provoking younger generations to greater artistic heights. The?unique sound emerging from Beijing?s underground delves?deeply into this void, aggressively questioning the moral and?social basis of China?s fragile modernity even as it subsists?upon it.

A formidable new wave of Chinese musicians is taking the?city by storm. Revolving around four venues spread across?Beijing, a burgeoning group of performers are working outside?government-controlled media channels, and in the process,?capturing the attention of the international music community.?They now constitute a fresh, independent voice in a country?renowned for creative conformity and saccharine Cantonese?pop. In Sound Kapital, photographer Matthew Niederhauser?captures the energy of the personalities and performers at?D-22, Yugong Yishan, 2 Kolegas, and MAO Livehouse. These?revolutionary Beijing nightclubs remain at the core of the?city?s creative explosion by hosting an eclectic mix of punk,?experimental, rock, and folk performances.

Included with the book are concert posters and illustrations?that encapsulate the underground scene in Beijing, as well?as a CD sampler of the new music being produced. There is?no doubt that these musicians will continue to break ground?within Beijing?s nascent artistic landscape, helping to push?the boundaries of an already expanding realm of independent?thought and musical expression in China.


Publisher Power House Books
Mfg Part# 9781576875216
SKU 211303814
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1576875210
Release Date 8/5/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0175
Publisher powerHouse Books
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