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Every art form has its tragic figures – the junkies, the depressives, the alcoholics, the narcissists – and Chinese rock is no exception. But in that vast and troubled family, there’s one figure who stands above the rest in terms of both talent and tragedy: He Yong.
If you’ve heard of He Yong (何勇), it’s probably been either through some academic study of Chinese rock music, or from local friends, who remember the days when He Yong held court over Chinese rock, along with contemporaries like Cui Jian and Tang Dynasty. But there’s one big difference: while Cui Jian and Tang Dynasty have managed to maintain their esteem over the years, until they’ve arguably reached the status more of icon than influence, He Yong has fallen from grace. There’s a kind of shameful pall that seems to hang about his name like a cloud of stale smoke, the same way people get uncomfortable and a bit derisive when they seen an older and heavier Axl Rose trying to rock out on “Welcome to the Jungle.”
Beijing’s P.K.14 live at the Hangout, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong. June 2011.
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The Offset: Spectacles
The music is not going to change the world just yet, but there’s a good chance the world might seem to sparkle a little more for a few 3-minute bursts.–
Cyclic Defrost on Dear Eloise’s 7” releases