Wuhan is now indelibly associated with the coronavirus pandemic, but the city also has a reputation as one of China’s live music capitals.
Twenty years ago, it was the epicentre of the nascent punk scene, home to bands like SMZB (Shengming Zhi Bing, or Bread of Life).
Their songs were short, fast and not at all shy about addressing topics suppressed in mainstream media, such as the Tiananmen massacre.
Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t an easy road for these pioneering punk bands. Without official approval of their music, they had to stay under the radar to keep out of trouble.
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