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The Beauty of Chinese Classical Music: Part I
Chinese classical music is not frivolous or simply enjoyable - it is the essence of sublimation.
China's Top Female Folk Singers
In an age when everything is manufactured cheap, shiny and disposable, buying into the same kind of music is an act of surrender.
China's Rock Revival
If the rock purist in you recoils, that’s good. Means we’ve got something here.
Return of the Red Detachment
The strength lying behind the feminine veil is the true theme of Red Detachment of Women.
Was Empress Cixi the Inspiration for Puccini's Turandot?
Turandot displays traits not unlike the real life Empress Cixi. Did Puccini take inspiration from the infamous Imperial dowager?
True Love and Madame Whitesnake
No doubt Madame White Snake is something to see, definitely hear, even if your exposure to opera came primarily via Warner Brothers’ cartoons.
China's Bob Dylan
The Internets are a-flurry with compilations of the best songs of the first decade of the twenty-first century. Which makes a China expat wonder, "Did they ever get around to vetting the best Chinese songs of the 20th century?" If so, no dou
The Tragic Story of Chang Yu Sheng
A rock n’ roller who changed the lives of millions of young people, only to lose his own. Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Sam Cooke, Ian Curtis, and other stars who changed the face of popular music before dying young are a well-known pantheon.
Lang Lang and the Five Requirements for Early Greatness
Everyone sees the diamond sparkle; only a few see the diamond being cut. Millions of Chinese parents saw Lang Lang front and center at the Opening Ceremonies.
Top of the Mandopops
You can run, but you can't hide from pop music hits. Pity the expat who thinks he might find sanctuary in China. Even if you struggle to the summit of Huangshan, you'll be sharing the view with a coed playing "Superstar" on her cell phone.
Guns 'N Roses "Chinese Democracy" - Axl Rose Sings Mao's Little Red Book When Played Backwards
-by Chris Devonshire EllisThe much hyped new CD from LA band Guns 'N Roses is now out - and available on download only at present. The only reason we're featuring this news is because the soon-to-be-released CD cover is cool, and some of ou