Here is an interview in the LARB with Jonathan Campbell ranging over the inevitable comparisons being drawn at present between the imprisonment of Pussy Riot and the suppression of Chinese punk musicians and other artists.
From there, visit Campbell at his blog, where he opens with this arresting sentence:
Is it just me, or are we seeing, lately, a sudden increase in Rock and Roll with capitalaarrrrrrrr!s? Rock seems to be doing more – or, if not doing more, gaining attention for what it’s trying to do, and what it Stands For.
From Indonesia to Russia and Uzbekistan, rock and roll is making itself heard, and, though it’s meant hard times for those who rock, on another level it’s a great thing to see.