© 2016

Listening to China’s Cultural Revolution

Music, Politics, and Cultural Continuities

  • Editors
  • Paul Clark
  • Laikwan Pang
  • Tsan-Huang Tsai

Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Paul Clark, Laikwan Pang, Tsan-Huang Tsai
      Pages 1-8
  3. Temporality: Continuity and Change in Cultural Revolution Music

  4. Geography: Transplantation and the Making of Regional Yangbanxi

  5. Lineages and Legacies: Cultural Revolution Soundscapes beyond the Mao Era

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-280

About this book


Bringing together the most recent research on the Cultural Revolution in China, musicologists, historians, literary scholars, and others discuss the music and its political implications. Combined, these chapters, paint a vibrant picture of the long-lasting impact that the musical revolution had on ordinary citizens, as well as political leaders.


China film opera politics revolution film history literature nationalism opera political science politics revolution sociology Third World

About the authors

Laurence Coderre, University of California, Berkeley, USA Dai Jiafang, Central Conservatory of Music, China Barbara Mittler, University of Heidelberg, Germany Lau Sze Wing, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China Rowan Pease, Independent Scholar, China Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Rutgers University, USA Ban Wang, Stanford University, USA John Winzenburg, Hong Kong Baptist University, China Chuen-Fung Wong, Macalester College, USA

Bibliographic information


"This stimulating and thought-provoking essay collection deepens our knowledge of one of the most important periods in contemporary Chinese history. The music and soundscapes of the Cultural Revolution continue to exert influence in creative arenas from contemporary art and film music composition to pop songs and advertising jingles. Listening to China's Cultural Revolution explores not only the historical significance of this musical culture, but also demonstrates that works created during this volatile decade continue to hold a place in the nation's collective memory and to resonant in the lives of individuals." - Nancy Guy, Associate Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego, USA, and author of Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan

"Close attention to aesthetic form sets this volume apart from previous studies, offering technically informed insights into issues such as musical hybridity, cross-genre adaptation, and intercultural musical composition. By attending to the form of Cultural revolution musical productions, rather than simply their political messages, the authors of this volume identify new ways for thinking about Cultural Revolution culture, linking this period with broader artistic questions, as well as historical precedents and legacies." - Emily Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, USA