New Beijing Noise
by Christiaan Virant

A team of 30-something cyberpop pundits has put words to the new sound of Peking, churning out a photo-fat book on the hotwax explosion ripping through China's capital.

Penned by Gansu groove guru Yan Jun, Beijing Xinsheng (New Beijing Noise) immortalizes in print and picture the birth of New China Cool, discoursing on the development of the mainland's most happening local music scene.

More than two years in the making, New Beijing Noise is the brainchild of Shenzhen graphic design guru Ou Ning, who has blended prose and pose into a visually rewarding post-modern puree. Working from his southern sanctuary, Ou plans to follow the November book release with an underground history of the mainland's maturing club culture, and a literary pub crawl through the streets of Sanlitun.

Clueless in Guangzhou & That's Shanghai, November 1999

     

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