They Might Be Mandarins
Ask musicians in China about their heroes, and you'll hear some names you recognize: Bob Dylan, the Clash, Woody Guthrie, AC/DC, Joy Division. Yang Haisong of P.K.-14, whose first U.S. tour brought him through Washington, D.C., last fall, raved about the opportunity to visit the hometown of post-hardcore band Fugazi: "It's not only the music, but the philosophy that's an inspiration. For us, D.C. is very special." And yet, what's happening in China is not simply an appropriation of Western musical tastes, he says, but an eclectic and original fusion of styles and traditions.