All the Buddha Boxes: 70 Songs for 70 Years of China
October 8, 2019 7:31 AM   Subscribe

All the Buddha Boxes: 70 Songs for 70 Years of China
A song for each year of the People’s Republic of China. An attempt to distill the many diverse, fascinating currents of music in mainland China over the last 70 years into a primer, an invitation to dig deeper. From revolutionary operas and western classical to rock’n’roll, disco, punk and hip-hop — a musical history of the PRC with an eye for the regional, underground and (nefarious) foreign influences.

China blasted through 200 years of music history in just over half a century. In many ways, it offered a re-telling of conventional musical wisdom. Of what music could be and do. This list is an attempt to listen, and to hoist up the marginalized and regional in the narrative of Chinese musical history.
Role: Writer and Researcher
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