Chinese rock scene is about fashion, not music. But that’s okay.

Alice Xin Liu makes a convincing case in the Huffington Post that the vibrant Chinese popular music scene is more about hipster chic than the music. That may be true, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Music scenes in any country or culture evolve, they do not simply emerge. As that evolution takes place, the music becomes more diverse, and the sophistication and preferences of listeners grows. China is in the very early stages of this process, and it will take at least a generation for the country to develop a music scene and industry that would look remotely familiar to those of us who have grown up with a dozen different flavors of rock music. In the meantime, let’s enjoy and celebrate what we already have, which is a huge leap ahead in diversity and commercialization over what we had two decades ago.

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About David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.
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