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How Xi Jinping's crackdowns have squeezed the life out of Beijing's indie rock scene

How Xi Jinping's crackdowns have squeezed the life out of Beijing's indie rock scene

Not long ago, Beijing was considered home to one of the world’s most exciting underground music scenes. Venues and record labels proliferated. The music — new wave, post-rock, grunge, noise — was raw, loud and, above all, original, reflecting the angst and uncertainty of a city in the grip of constant change. 

Now it’s all in doubt, squeezed by rising rents and intensifying political scrutiny. Venues are closing, festivals are relocating to the provinces, and musicians are switching careers.

China’s president, Xi Jinping, who assumed the country’s top political posts in 2012, has spent his early tenure shoring up Communist control...

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