Back in the Motherland…

Ladies in Gentlemen, I present to you: Shanghai in a Nutshell.

Our hero arrives, thanks to the good graces of the Canadian Consulate, off of a fourteen hour plane ride just dazed enough to get himself to the Death Cab For Cutie show, to finally get a chance to see one of our hero’s musical heroes.

Said concert leads to the invitation to not only check out this band:

…but to do so from the corporate boxes of the Mercedes Benz Arena, one of the slickest and, because of what it represents to the future of the industry, most important arenas in the world.

In said corporate boxes, sipping freely- and eagerly-poured hootch, our hero receives an invitation to address a group – nay, the group – of foreign correspondents on the virtues, vices, venality and, yes, sure, venerability of yaogun, the subject that has brought him back to the People’s Republic, a subject that kept him in the People’s Republic and the subject about which he has spent approximately a fraction of his time thus far expounding upon.

Meanwhile, he has Brunched like the Expat Kings of Olde Shanghai

at the legendary dining room overlooking the colonial past of the city and toward, across the river, at its future – and, if our hero was being honest, and excited, and one to prognosticate on such matters, the future of the world – thanks to the good people at the Shanghai International Literary Festival, who have invited him to squeeze in what was an exciting and engaging conversation with his publisher, Old China Hand, proto-yaogunner, and much more on the topic of how Chinese rock music has come to this point into an otherwise packed schedule.

(Oh yes, and our hero did, in fact, make it into local rock institution Yuyintang to catch local rockers the Fever Machine outrawk Beijingers Steely Heart, so there was, in fact, some yaogun in these, his first hours in-country)

Ladies and gentlemen: Pay attention to this part of the world. Magical things happen.

More to come, including jaunts into the university system, a return to the Capital, and more…

Red Rock: China Tour 2012 – Updated!

In which the tour manager becomes the tour-er
(while also, still, being the tour manager)…

Red Rock is returning to the Motherland. Thanks to an invitation from the Canadian Consulate in Shanghai, author jWc will hit the Shanghai International Literary Festival and the Bookworm International Literary Festival in March, 2012.

Details are still coming, as you’ll see. Updated on March 6:

Red Rock China Tour 2012

2012.03.10 Saturday
Shanghai International Literary Festival
Glamour Bar

2012.03.11 Sunday
Bookworm International Literary Festival
Bookworm Suzhou
In conversation with critic/blogger/then-some Andy Best

2012.03.12 Monday
Shanghai International Studies University
Round-table discussion with students at Intercultural Institute
Speak at SISU Journalism School

2012.03.13 Tuesday
Nanjing University of Arts, College of Pop Music

2012.03.16 Friday
Bookworm International Literary Festival
Beijing Bookworm
As part of Pop-Up Magazine

2012.03.17 Saturday
Bookworm International Literary Festival
Beijing Bookworm
In conversation with critic and former Rolling Stone (China) editor Hao Fang
Part of the JUE festival

2012.03.18 Sunday
Bookworm International Literary Festival
One Way Street Library
Panel discussion (Chinese), details TBD

2012.03.19 Monday
Hong Kong
Asia Society (more info)
Author talk


Expect updates as new information comes in. Also updated regularly is Check in regularly at this here page on upcoming Red Rock events in a city or town near you, wherever you might be.