Red Rock

The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll

Rock and roll—rebellious, individualistic, explosive—seems incongruent with modern Chinese society. But as the music has evolved from a Western import into something uniquely Chinese, it has shaped and been shaped by China’s unique system and its relationship with the outside world. Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll looks at the people and events that have created Chinese rock’s unique identity, and tracks the music’s long journey from the Mao years to present. After boiling below the surface for over twenty years and now emerging from a thriving underground scene, Chinese rock may be ready to smash its guitars on the global stage.  —Earnshaw Books


Jonathan Campbell
Earnshaw Books
October 1, 2011

Jonathan Campbell moved to Beijing in 2000 after receiving a Masters in International Studies at the University of Washington. Within weeks he began his descent into the local rock world—first, as a drummer in several bands and later as chronicler, booster, promoter, agent and then some.

Beginning around 2005, he turned his attention to putting on gigs and tours for bands from around the world. He has worked on several Chinese music festivals and produced a Jazz Series at Peking in theatres across the country. He has appeared in many documentaries, reports, books, articles and theses, and attended many international music conferences as part of China delegations. His writing has appeared in a range of local, national and international media outlets.