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Chinese Rock 'n Roll documentary << NIGHT OF

25. Dec. 20:00 - 22:00

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中国摇滚十年纪录片《再见乌托邦》放映+导演盛志民现场问答!! < Night Of An Era > screening + Director Q & A 圣诞节来看中国摇滚纪录片《再见 乌托邦》!! 时间:12月25日晚八点 门票:30元付免费饮料一杯 地点咨询:87215576 豆瓣活动连结:http://www.douban.com/event/11380999/ Director says --- In the 80s, like many other young people, I was deeply attracted by rock and roll, and threw myself into it. With this choice which deviated from the mainstream life style, I started to live a wavy life. Supported by my idealistic fancies, I was fully indulged in producing and promoting Chinese rock and roll, with musicians like He Yong, Dou Wei, Zhang Chu and so on. We together made numerous underground concerts and together experienced the journey from brilliance (late 80s) to decline (mid 90s). It has always been a deep brand on me, although I chose to walk away when I concluded its “death”. Luckily I’ve been carrying on another kind of art creating, but the friends and the years have always been there on my mind. Last year, He Yong and Dou Wei, who I did not contact for years, both appeared on the headlines. Dou Wei set fire on a car at a newspaper's editorial department, in this way to antagonize falsified news about him. He Yong was sent to mental hospital again for his paranoid schizophrenia. At this point, a nameless long disappeared and forgotten person, ex guitar player of the band Dreaming, Xiao Ke appeared in my mind. There are two versions of stories about him. Some said he died. Some said he still lives somewhere in Beijing. His appearance in and disappearance from the rock and roll scene, have an indescribable relation with the track of Chinese rock and roll. I decided to explore his life and find out the truth about his death. I believe it could help me to look back on my experience and the formation of my ideology, help me to rethink about the cause and consequence of Chinese rock and roll. I decided to use the camera to start a search, a search for myself, for the past rock-and-roll years, more importantly, for the twenty years of Chinese “reforming and opening”. And when I started researching, I met the boy Chang at a rehearsal studio, who came from the countryside, gave up the land that his ancestors lived on for generations, and started his music “career” in Beijing. He immediately caught my sight and would take a part in this film. The film would mainly contain stories of Xiao Ke and Chang, record of interviewees’ daily lives, and also interviews with former participants, record of live concerts, etc.. About Chinese Rock and Roll Chinese rock and roll started at the same time of the opening in 1980s. The concert “Commemoration of the Year of World Peace”, on May 9, 1986 at Beijing Workers’ Stadium is always mentioned when talking about the start of Chinese rock and roll. At his 26, Cui Jian, in a tattered outfit, jumped onto the stage with a shabby guitar on his back, and offered the audience “Nothing To My Name”. Few minutes later, the whole place went crazy. People always say the Chinese rock and roll music was born at that night. At the same time, the long closed country started to open itself up. People started to receive and be influenced by western art, music, and ideology, and they felt spiritually released. The rapid absorption of western ideology was represented in different ways; the art movement “’85 New Wave”, the film “Red Sorghum” directed by Zhang Yimou, modern Chinese poetry were all obvious examples. A flourishing scene of culture and art was seen. And inevitably, musicians were influenced by rock and roll from the west. People like Cui Jian became the first generation of rock musicians, and their unbridled posture and attitude of critical realism were highly influential among young Chinese of the time. Soon a larger group of rock and roll musicians appeared in Beijing, among them were the most famous representatives He Yong, Zhang Chu, Dou Wei, Tang Dynasty band, and Black Panthers band etc.. Independent underground music even

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