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Red Rock


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"In-depth, thoughtful, and well-written. . . . An especially welcome addition to world music collections." --"Library Journal "(October 15, 2011)

About the Author

Jonathan Campbell immersed himself in China's rock scene as a drummer, writer, and promoter. He has brought Chinese acts to the world stage, and brought overseas bands to China. His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and the South China Morning Post. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


A rollicking account of how a global genre was transformed as it sank down roots in a very special setting. --Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
A vivid and faithful description of Chinese rock, Jon Campbell has achieved a significant feat with this book. --Hao Fang, former editor Rolling Stone (China)
In-depth, thoughtful, and well-written. . . . An especially welcome addition to world music collections. --Library Journal (October 15, 2011)
Jonathan Campbell's Red Rock has the narrative power of a fine novel, and is at the same time a cogent work of historical analysis . . . the benchmark against which all future accounts of the phenomenon will be measured. --Teng Jimeng, author, Music-Made America: Popular Music Since 1960s
The ancient rhythms of East meets West have rarely been played out so intensely or at such a raucous volume. --Jonathan Watts, author, When a Billion Chinese Jump
The West has largely forgotten the power of rock 'n' roll. . . . In China, the music never has seemed more vital or necessary, and as an astute listener, sharp journalist, and excellent writer, Campbell does an outstanding job explaining why. --Jim Derogatis, rock critic, co-host of Sound Opinions

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