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Cui Jian, the founder, pioneer and godfather of Chinese rock announced its birth in 1986 at the Beijing Worker’s Gymnasium with the inaugural rock anthem “Nothing to My Name.” His first record, Rock n’ Roll on the New Long March, reached double-platinum status in Hong Kong. Borrowing from jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music, he and his band have traveled across China and the world for nearly thirty years, playing to crowds over a thousand strong. Especially in the West, he is compared to the likes of Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, and John Lennon. In 2006 he was a guest of honor at the Rolling Stones’ concert in Shanghai. In 2009 he received international attention as the first Chinese artist to break into the Spanish-speaking world, holding concerts in both Madrid and Barcelona. With the wisdom of half a century behind him, the founder of Chinese rock is still marching to the beat of his own drum, leading us forward on rock n roll’s new long march.