Jonathan Campbell, a writer and practitioner of the Chinese yaogun industry, will deliver a talk titled “Red Rock: The Story of Chinese Rock and Roll” at HKU on Monday, October 15, 2012.
Yaogun is the Mandarin term for rock and roll. Campbell will give a general overview of where Chinese yaogun comes from and will play the audience some samples.
Campbell will chart the nation’s coming-of-age and interaction with the rest of the world, as is echoed by this music.
The story is not just that of the awakening and rise of the world’s newest superpower, but of the power of the music. Campbell will discuss how the future of the nation will determine yaogun’s path, just as it defined its past. He postures that if yaogun lives up to its potential, it just might change the nation — and rock the world.
About the speaker:
Jonathan Campbell moved to Beijing in 2000. Within weeks, he began his descent into the local rock world, first, as drummer in several bands and later as chronicler, booster, promoter and agent.
He has written for a range of local, national and international media outlets while also turning his attention to putting on gigs and tours for bands from around the world.
Over the years, he’s taken and sent rock, folk, punk, classical and metal groups to more than two dozen cities across China as well as helping a few Chinese bands get overseas. He has also worked on several Chinese music festivals and, since 2005, produced a Jazz Series in theatres across the country.
Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll is his first book.
The JMSC and the General Education Unit have organised this event jointly. It will be moderated by Dr. Wong Chi Chung, Assistant Director of General Education at HKU.
Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
Time: 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: MBG07, Main Building, The University of Hong Kong
This event is co-organised by Journalism and Media Studies Centre and General Education Unit.