CNN Go writes off Chinese bands as mediocre
Update: since writing this, the article name has been changed from mediocre bands to live bands. Check comments for details.
At the start of this I was quite happy to see a special article on Dingxi Road pop up on CNN Go's city page for Shanghai. Followers of the blog know all about the area for two reasons:
1) It runs down the middle of Shanghai's downtown music district.
2) I'm always blabbing on about it.
See the sidebar for the F-via Ghetto page or check out these E-cities maps from my last post on it.
However, knowing it's the site of most gigs in town via places like Mao, Yuyintang Logo, Anar and Sus2, I was a bit startled to see 'mediocre bands' in the title.
There is a special section on Yuyintang from which the idea of Chinese bands not being very good comes from. Now if you had been to Yuyintang "a few times a month" for the past year, you probably would have seen some newer bands who were not up to scratch, sure. But you also would have seen some amazing shows by great bands. Readers of the blog will know, and have been to, legendary shows there by The Mushrooms, Cold Fairyland, Carsick Cars, Bigger Bang, TooKoo, Boys Climbing Ropes, 24 Hours, Ourselves Beside Me, Hedgehog, Chaos Mind, Six Shot, Loudspeaker, Sonnet, The Miniless Collective, Hard Queen ... I'm just throwing names out here. There are many more.
Now, sure, we all have our own opinions and tastes, but why focus on that YYT section and then write 'mediocre bands' in the article title - essentially writing off all Chinese bands as the cream of them pass through the F-visa Ghetto.
Well, the editor often writes the titles and makes that decision in mainstream journalism. So perhaps the editor is just clueless about the music scene here? But seriously CNN WTF!
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