The Legendary Live Venues and the Changing Music Scenes in Taipei and Beijing

Underworld and D22

Authored by: Miaoju Jian

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415749428
eBook ISBN: 9781315643106
Adobe ISBN: 9781317285014


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In Asia, small live venues have been given a trendy name, called “Live Houses.” These spaces are vital in providing information about a city’s current live music industry and music scene subculture. They demonstrate a distinctive relationship with urban musical activities in regards to its historical and geographical context. The intimate feeling of being a member of a subculture within local live venues also shows that the music scenes are united with the global rock trend, presenting a more universal and fluid metropolitan music style. The creativity, innovation, and critical power that have evolved from this subcultural commitment, also expresses the venues’ values and style. Their repellence and critical response towards popular culture has even helped advance cultural transformations in the area (Straw 1991; Shank 1994; Hesmondhalgh 2013).

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