Punk Rock in China

Punk Rock in China, published in the summer of 2011 in Guitar Digest

Swarms of youth crowd outside Castle Bar at seven o’clock on a stormy
evening in Nanjing, China waiting for the club to open for one of China’s hotest punk rock bands, Reflector. Tang, a student of Japanese and Chinese descent, is wearing a “God Save the Queen” tee-shirt, and his friend is wearing a shirt depicting two people graphically making love. Inside, Rage Against the Machine is blaring on the speakers as the stage is being set up.

Forty years ago, tea houses were being closed down here for being cultural blights of the bourgeois.

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