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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 publications. He’s put together China tours for dozens of bands from around the world, arranged European tours for Chinese bands and attended international music conferences as part of China delegations.

He has been called a ‘stalwart of the Chinese music scene’; ‘an instrumental behind-the-scene (figure)’; ‘the busiest man in Beijing showbiz’ and ‘the Dr. [Norman] Bethune of China’s rock scene’.

He lives in Toronto with his wife, and dog. For more, visit

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