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Cui Jian | Rock ’n’ Roll on the New Long March

April 16, 2019

Was it when Elvis first suggestively gyrated his hips on national television? The first time a fan let out a piercing, adulatory scream as the Beatles sauntered by? Or was it further back than all that — the moment that Sister Rosetta Thorpe first picked up a guitar? There’s no true consensus as to when rock ’n’ roll really started — not in the West, anyway. In the People’s Republic of China, however, there’s a much smaller window of time…

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