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Punk Rock in China: an interview with David O’Dell Part 1

July 04, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, China, English, Interviews, Music Visited: No Comments →


As I start to approach a new incredible life project which I will make public in a few months, I feel the need to start re-tuning Monkeyrockworld on the “rock” side of things… Asian style. I am republishing – and for the first time in English, and integral – a great interview I had with David O’Dell aka Texas Dave, one of the laowai forefathers of the first seminal Beijing punk scene, back in the early 90s. The piece was originally published in Italian by China Files. You can read more by purchasing Dave’s incredible written history of early Beijing’s punk, “Inseparable, the memoirs of an American and the story of Chinese punk rock “
, click here to order a copy.

How did you start making punk shows in Beijing? Was it your interest and need, or was there a thriving scene back then in the mid 90s already?
There was no punk scene when I arrived in 1995, it was just grunge and alt-rock.  It was definitely my interest, I was very much a young punk looking for other punks to talk to and do music with.  There was only one truly punk band at time and it was Underbaby, started by Gao Wei and his brother Gao Yang in 1994.  I met Gao Wei in 1996 and we connected instantly.  We became roommates soon after we met and then I joined his band in 1997. When we started doing the earliest punk rock shows, our mission was to play for the chinese high school and college youth.  Gao Wei and I had no desire to play for foreigners or journalists.  we had a vision of awakening the youth of Beijing, becoming “individuals” 自己的人 as Gao Wei put it, so we sought out clubs that were close to the colleges and schools on purpose.  (more…)

Travel for Aid: From Hanoi to China Part 1

June 20, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, China, English, Travels, Vietnam Visited: No Comments →

We continue transmitting the chronicles of Matteo Tricarico’s new biking trip from Asia to America…


Since I crossed the Mount of Clouds in Vietnam, exactly twenty days ago, I have not seen the sun and it is the norm at these latitudes at this time of year, when the warm equatorial air meets the Arctic cold. Our star is perpetually hidden by a layer of leaden clouds, so low as to cover the hills tops and become a thick mist that reaches the ground. Although it is easier to cycle with temperatures below 25 degrees during the day, the humidity, which turns into heavy and frequent downpours, soaks me to the bone. I can not get rid of the smell of sweat combined with mildew, both on my skin and on my clothes, even after vigorous washing with soap. The advantage is that I am proceeding very quickly in order to reach the China Sea Western coast, where I should come back to the sun. I am going so fast that, for the first time since the beginning of this journey two years ago, I am ten days ahead of schedule. (more…)

Scimmioguida Casi Studio 7: Simone Marini

June 16, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Case Studies, China, Italiano, Scimmioguide di Viaggio Visited: 1 Comment →

Continuiamo con la motivazione, presentando altri casi di persone che, come me o diversamente da me ma con tratti comuni, hanno deciso di vivere delle vite “fuori dalle righe”. O, per dirla in maniera piú realistica, “fuori dagli uffici”. Loro hanno comprato il famoso volo low cost  e stanno vivendo il proprio sogno.

Il settimo Caso Studio e’ dedicato a Simone Marini, e mi da’ molto gusto presentarvelo, perche’ questo losco figuro proviene dalla fumosa Voghera, provincia di Pavia, patria delle casalinghe assassine mannare e anche il paese che ha dato i natali alla vostra scimmia nazionale… e’ dunque con estremo piacere che presento la storia di qualcuno che dal mio paese soporifero si e’ lanciato all’avventura per il mondo comprando dei voli last minute… ma lasciamo la parola al Dottor Marini…

Ciao! Puoi presentare brevemente la tua situazione all’estero?
Vivo a Hong Kong nel quartiere popolare di Sham Shui Po. Ho lasciato l’Italia per iniziare un dottorato qui, senza essere mai stato in Asia prima, senza saperne niente di niente. La mia borsa l’ho vinta senza agganci o appoggi, solo mandando curricula e facendo colloqui via skype, e questo voglio specificarlo perché spesso quando dico che sto facendo un dottorato a Hong Kong la gente pensa sempre ci sia una qualche connessione con l’Italia, un professore amico, o addirittura fondi dall’Italia. Niente di tutto ciò. (more…)

China Punk

October 30, 2011 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, China, Music Visited: No Comments →

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E’ uscita una mia intervista a David O’ Dell, padrino Texano del punk cinese e della scena pechinese, su China Files e non vedo perche’ non pubblicizzare l’articolo anche sul mio blog, che ultimamente sta diventando una carretta causa il mio scarso tempo… ergo lo uso anche per queste comunicazioni, da ora in avanti. Perche’ alla fine, se di mia scrittura si tratta, allora va bene anche indirizzarvi ai miei articoli, giusto? Tutto in Italiano, come consuetudine China Files. Ecco il link:

Anarchy in the PRC di Marco Ferrarese

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