Jonathan Campbell lived on all sides of Beijing’s local-music-scene stage between 2000 and 2010. He has played in many bands, taken dozens of international artists on tours to somewhere upwards of thirty Chinese cities, helped bring Chinese bands to the West, attended international music conferences, and written for a range of media outlets. Since the release of his first book, Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll, he has been preaching the yaogun (Chinese rock) gospel at literary festivals, schools, and venues around the world. He currently lives in Toronto.

Last Updated: May 2, 2014



The Sound of China’s Future

Jonathan Campbell
It’s high noon in March and the cluttered patio of Maria’s Taco Xpress, the Austin, Texas institution, is gloriously sunny. First time visitor Gan Baishui is moments away from his band’s American debut, but the composer and musician from a fourth-...