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Author Zhu, Yaowei, 1965-
Title Hong Kong Cantopop : a concise history / Yiu-Wai Chu.
Imprint Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2017.
Hong Kong : HKU Press, [2017]

Subject Popular music -- China -- Hong Kong -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (1 PDF (ix, 246 pages))
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 218-225) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Days of being marginalized : the 1950s to the early 1970s -- The rise of Cantopop : the mid- to late 1970s -- An age of glory : the 1980s -- The best of times, the worst of times : the 1990s -- After the fall : the new millennium -- Epilogue : Cantopop in the age of China -- Appendix. Chronology of major events.
Summary Cantopop was once the leading pop genre of pan-Chinese popular music around the world. In this pioneering study of Cantopop in English, Yiu-Wai Chu shows how the rise of Cantopop is related to the emergence of a Hong Kong identity and consciousness. Chu charts the fortune of this important genre of twentieth-century Chinese music from its humble, lower-class origins in the 1950s to its rise to a multimillion-dollar business in the mid-1990s. As the voice of Hong Kong, Cantopop has given generations of people born in the city a sense of belonging. It was only in the late 1990s, when transformations in the music industry, and more importantly, changes in the geopolitical situation of Hong Kong, that Cantopop showed signs of decline. As such, Hong Kong Cantopop: A Concise History is not only a brief history of Cantonese pop songs, but also of Hong Kong culture. The book concludes with a chapter on the eclipse of Cantopop by Mandapop (Mandarin popular music), and an analysis of the relevance of Cantopop to Hong Kong people in the age of a dominant China. Drawing extensively from Chinese-language sources, this work is a most informative introduction to Hong Kong popular music studies.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789888390298 (electronic bk.)
9888390295 (electronic bk.)
9789888390571
OCLC # 999637222
Additional Format Print version: 9789888390571.