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Red Rock and Roll


The revolutionary potential of rock and roll has long been a worn-out cliché in the West, where the Rolling Stones do commercials and rappers hang with royalty. But in contemporary China, rock (or yaogun) really is changing the country – and the culture. Musician and promoter Jon Campbell, a ten-year veteran of the Beijing scene, tells how rock has risen in concert with the world’s newest superpower.

Chaired by Mikey Cahill.


Mikey Cahill

Mikey Cahill writes the Rock City column for News Ltd.

He reviews and writes about music for Hit, jmag and Inpress. He has just been added as a Judge for the Australian Music Prize 2010.

Jon Campbell

Jonathan Campbell lived in Beijing from 2000–2010, spending much of that time in the local rock scene as drummer, chronicler, booster, agent and more. Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll is his first book. Jonathan’s writing has appeared in a range of international publi... Read more


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