Yes, he’s just about the oldest living yaogunner, but that doesn’t mean the kids know better.
Alongside his performance at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival, Cui Jian was interviewed by the South China Morning Post, and though he may seem to be get-those-kids-off-my-lawn-ing, he’s got a point. Cui has always been a prime example of the fact that rock and roll is a way of life, not simply a look. And that rock and roll is about saying, and doing, something. And he is quite clearly concerned that his predecessors are overlooking their responsibilities. (And, briefly, he wonders why Hong Kongers haven’t taken more advantage of the musical opportunities available)