Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Return of Rolling Stone China! Well, Kind of...

After the glorious debut and near-immediate dissappearance of Rolling Stone China in March, the magazine is back - but with a different name, Yin Xiang Shi Jie (ιŸ³εƒδΈ–η•Œ), or Audio World, an already existant but foundering music magazine resurected as a shell for Rolling Stone. So reports Lawrence Li in the HK Standard. Gee, I'm betting the folks in San Francisco are really psyched about this branding/licensing fiasco.
The renamed magazine will continue re-publishing some Rolling Stones articles in
Chinese, blending them with original articles on homegrown music. [Editor in chief] Hao says there is no mandatory requirement on the ratio of translated and original articles.

Quick note about the author: Lawrence Li is a music critic in Shenzhen who runs a blog devoted to avant-garde music, noise, and sound art. His tastes are not exactly mainstream, and that comes out in his criticisms of the first issue.

Also worth considering: while Rolling Stone China got slammed with the Beijing censorship hammer, there are other major western magazine brands with presence in China: Men's Journal, I think, and several women's fashion magazines are on newstands everywhere. So it can be done, They're just not letting Rolling Stone do it.

3 Comments:

Blogger Poohat said...

fuck china!!!

FUCK CHINA AND THE FASCIST GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD THAT PANDER TO THE WHIMS OF FASCIST GOVERNMENTS!

10:06 AM  
Blogger friend gram said...

hi poohat, tone it down with the fuck china thing. people won't get your overblown irony, you Canadian dog-murdering Nazi.

4:40 AM  
Blogger Poohat said...

FUCK CHINA AND FUCK YOU!

5:49 PM  

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