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#1 2008-12-12 16:47:24


Архипенко, Кривоногова

Guns N' Roses
Rock in a hard place

Nov 27th 2008 | BEIJING
From The Economist print edition
It’s only rock and roll but the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t like it

ITS name recalls both Mao Zedong’s dictum about where political power comes from and the rose revolution in Georgia in 2003, one of several movements that unseated authoritarian regimes in post-communist societies. So it is perhaps not surprising that the fan base of Guns N’ Roses, an American rock band, seems not to include the higher ranks of the Chinese Communist Party. Then there is the matter of the band’s new album: “Chinese Democracy”.

Government spokesmen have said little about it. But Global Times, a party newspaper, has described it as a “venomous attack” and part of a Western plot “to control the world using democracy as a pawn”. All of which may flatter the band. First conceived by Axl Rose, the band’s leader, in 1994, the work features plenty of the driving rhythms, slashing guitars and screeching falsetto vocals beloved by the band’s fans.

But it offers little in the way of coherent political discourse, though the title song includes a gratuitous mention of China’s banned Falun Gong meditation movement. If there is a message, it may be the lines, perhaps addressed to the Chinese government: “You think you’ve got it all locked up inside and if you beat ’em enough they’ll die”; and “if your Great Wall rocks, blame yourself”.

The mere mention of Falun Gong is enough to preclude open distribution. Access to several of the band’s websites has been blocked in China. But anyone interested probably knows how to bypass the censors. China’s own musicians have long struggled to explore the subversive side of rock-and-roll culture without angering their government. Music-industry figures in Beijing were reluctant to speak openly about the controversy, but one marvelled privately at the “stupidity” of the panning of the album, saying Chinese rock fans might otherwise never have heard of it.

Western rockers have bumped up against the Chinese censors before. In 2006 the Rolling Stones agreed not to sing some songs in China. Others have pushed back. Björk, an Icelandic singer, shouted “Tibet!” following her song “Independence” in Shanghai this year. Such bravado hardly seems likely to shake China’s government. But who knows? Christopher Hughes, a China scholar at the London School of Economics, notes: “The history of rock shows that it beats the authorities every time, everywhere.” Mao would have disagreed.



#2 2008-12-12 16:50:00


Re: Архипенко, Кривоногова

Mao Zedong (also Mao Tse-Tung) was the world's most prominent Chinese communist during the 20th century. Mao's Red Army overthrew Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949, and the communists seized power of mainland China. Ruthless and ambitious, Mao turned China into a world military power and created a cult of personality, forcing the distribution of his image and his "Little Red Book" (a collection of political maxims) upon the Chinese people. His campaign to export communism made China a threat to the West and led to confrontations in Southeast Asia and Korea. Under Mao's rule China endured a series of economic disasters and political terrorism, but for more than 25 years Mao was China, as far as the rest of the world was concerned. After his death, leaders like Deng Xiaoping steered the country away from pure communism, and the Cult of Mao began to disappear. These days Mao is ranked among the worst of 20th century dictators. alongside Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.
The "Revolution of Roses" was a bloodless revolution in the country of Georgia in 2003 that displaced President Eduard Shevardnadze.

Guns N' Roses is an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since their formation. The band has released six studio albums, two EPs and one live album during their career.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded on July 1, 1921 in Shanghai, China. After 28 years of struggle, the CPC finally won victory of "new-democratic revolution" and founded the People's Republic of China in 1949. The CPC is the ruling party of mainland China (P.R. China).
The Communist Party of China is founded mainly on ideology and politics.

W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.;[3] February 6, 1962), frequently called Axl Rose, is an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of American hard rock band Guns N' Roses.

Rose grew up in Indiana in a troubled family environment. His love of music was fostered by singing in church, participating in school chorus and studying piano, but his numerous run-ins with the police and activities as a teenager led to his leaving home at a young age. After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, Rose fronted various local bands, eventually forming Guns N' Roses with former L.A. Guns bandmate Tracii Guns.

As lead singer for Guns N' Roses, Rose enjoyed tremendous success, recognition, record and concert ticket sales in the late 1980s and early 1990s before dropping out of the public eye for several years. In 2001, he resurfaced with a new line-up of Guns N' Roses, and has since played periodic concert tours, finally releasing the long delayed Chinese Democracy in 2008.

The only original member still part of the band's line-up, Rose still places high in numerous polls as one of hard rock's all-time greatest frontmen, but is also infamous for his onstage antics and high-profile disputes with former bandmates and others in the entertainment business.

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa is a spiritual practice founded in China by Li Hongzhi in 1992. It has five sets of meditation exercises and seeks to develop practitioners' hearts and character according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, articulated in the main books Falun Gong and Zhuan Falun. The teachings deal with issues such as "cultivation of virtue and character", "moral standards for different levels", and "salvation of all sentient beings." The books, lectures, and exercise materials have been translated into over 40 languages and are available on the Internet free of charge.

Christopher John Hughes (born 1947) is one of Britain's leading quizzers. Hughes has been a winner of Mastermind (1983), International Mastermind (1983), and Brain of Britain, 2005. He is one of only four people ever to have won both Mastermind and Brain of Britain.

He currently competes on the UK quiz show Eggheads, alongside other quiz champions, in which members of the public pit their wits against them in order to win a cash prize.

Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, actress and music producer. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards (including one for acting).

She is best known for her expressive vocals, broad soprano vocal range, and a diverse and eclectic musical style which incorporates influences from many different genres, including pop, alternative rock, jazz, ambient music, electronica, classical and folk, as well as her eccentric costumes. Her singles "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army of Me" and "Hyperballad" all charted in the UK Top 10.

Her record label, One Little Indian, reported in 2003 that she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.[3] Her most recent album, Volta, was released worldwide on 8 May 2007. She was ranked #36 on VH1's "The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll"and on MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music".

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band. The band formed in 1962 in London when original leader Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, whose songwriting partnership later contributed to their taking the leadership role in the group. Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early lineup. Ian Stewart was removed from the official lineup in 1963 but continued to work with the band as road manager and keyboardist until his death in 1985.

Government spokesmen – представители государства

Global Times is a daily newspaper in Beijing, China covering general news.

With daily circulation of 1,042,000, Global Times is one of the biggest newspapers in the world. Learn more at Mondo Newspapers, covering all the newspapers, everywhere.

Subversive – антиправительственный

Panning – выговор, разнос, жесткая критика

Bump up – выступать против, бунтовать, бороться



#3 2008-12-12 20:36:17


Re: Архипенко, Кривоногова

А как китайские реалии принято произносить по-русски?
Например, Mao Zedong (also Mao Tse-Tung) - это  у нас кто?



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