Comparative study on rock music in Beijing and Tokyo

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Comparative study on rock music in Beijing and Tokyo

Authors: Cheung Kin-keung, Stanley (張健強)

Published in: 1999

Publisher: University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong)

url: http://hub.hku.hk/handle/123456789/30073


Abstract

(Uncorrected OCR) COMPARATIVE STUDY ON ROCK MUSIC IN BEIJING AND TOKYO BY CHEUNG KIN KEUNG, STANLEY A Dissertation Presented to The University of Hong Kong in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Comparative Asian Studies Hong Kong, October 1998 Abstract This dissertation aims at examining and comparing the forces that determined the development of domestic rock music in Beijing and Tokyo. Representations of their rock music are also discussed herein. As Beijing and Tokyo are the cultural centers of China and Japan respectively, these two cities are selected for discussion in this research. Macro-economic backgrounds, economIC conditions of rock mUSICianS, ideological changes in societies and audiences' preferences influenced the rock music development in both Beijing and Tokyo. Political climate affected the rock music development in Beijing but not in Tokyo. Music industry and mass media played important roles in determining the popularity of rock music vii in Tokyo, but they could not significantly influence the development' of rock music in Beijing. Representations of rock music in Beijing and Tokyo are different. Western music exerts significant influences on rock music in these two cities. Adoption of advanced technology in music industry is more common in the rock music of Tokyo than the rock music of Beijing. Legacy of native traditional music prevails in the rock music of Beijing, but not the rock music of Tokyo. The lyrics of rock songs in Tokyo reflect a higher d~gree of individualism than the rock songs in Beijing. The lyrics of rock songs in Beijing contain nationalist ideology and political concerns, but the lyrics of rock songs in Tokyo do not. viii "


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