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Semiotics of Music: Analysis of Cui Jian’s ‘Nothing to My Name;' The Anthem for the Chinese Youths in the Post-Cultural Revolution Era
Unformatted Document Text:  Semiotics of Chinese Rock and Pop 1 Semiotics of Music: Analysis of Cui Jian’s “Nothing to My Name;” The Anthem for the Chinese Youths in the Post-Cultural Revolution Era Introduction Chinese popular music has emerged after the post-Cultural Revolution era, that is, the period that came after 1976 (the year during which Mao Zedong died). One song in particular, “Nothing to My Name” written by Cui Jian (the “Bruce Springsteen” of modern China), not only symbolized China’s rebellious youth, which reached its peak during the Tiananmen Square tragedy, but it also signaled the birth of postmodernism in Chinese pop music. This semiotic investigation is twofold: while it analyzes the signs and symbols that emerged in the social and historical context of the song, it also examines, in detail, the lyrics of the song and attempts to explain why it gave an incentive to many Chinese youths to rebel against the Chinese authorities. Very few semiotic analyses of present-day Chinese popular music have been conducted so far. In considering the importance and depth of signification of Chinese rock and pop, particular attention is focused on pop music as a symbol and its surrounding complex of representations and values. For this reason, readers will better understand pop music as a sign and its interpretations of experiences caused by phenomena in the larger socio-cultural set of reality of which pop music is an integral part. An explanation of why semiotics applies in this context and an identification and differentiation of relevant points of view on popular music (using semiotic concepts) are also emphasized. Popular Music as a Sign Music is one of the oldest forms of human communication, in all cultures at all times. Music, by its own system of acoustic values, is also a semiotic system of values (Jakobson, 1968). No matter what genre, music in general is a sign because it creates an effect in the perceiver. Music has the magnetism of reference, and the symbols it signifies range from pure

Authors: Matusitz, Jonathan.
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Semiotics of Chinese Rock and Pop
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Semiotics of Music: Analysis of Cui Jian’s “Nothing to My Name;” The
Anthem for the Chinese Youths in the Post-Cultural Revolution Era
Introduction
Chinese popular music has emerged after the post-Cultural Revolution era, that is, the
period that came after 1976 (the year during which Mao Zedong died). One song in particular,
“Nothing to My Name” written by Cui Jian (the “Bruce Springsteen” of modern China), not only
symbolized China’s rebellious youth, which reached its peak during the Tiananmen Square
tragedy, but it also signaled the birth of postmodernism in Chinese pop music. This semiotic
investigation is twofold: while it analyzes the signs and symbols that emerged in the social and
historical context of the song, it also examines, in detail, the lyrics of the song and attempts to
explain why it gave an incentive to many Chinese youths to rebel against the Chinese authorities.
Very few semiotic analyses of present-day Chinese popular music have been conducted so far. In
considering the importance and depth of signification of Chinese rock and pop, particular
attention is focused on pop music as a symbol and its surrounding complex of representations
and values. For this reason, readers will better understand pop music as a sign and its
interpretations of experiences caused by phenomena in the larger socio-cultural set of reality of
which pop music is an integral part. An explanation of why semiotics applies in this context and
an identification and differentiation of relevant points of view on popular music (using semiotic
concepts) are also emphasized.
Popular Music as a Sign
Music is one of the oldest forms of human communication, in all cultures at all times.
Music, by its own system of acoustic values, is also a semiotic system of values (Jakobson,
1968). No matter what genre, music in general is a sign because it creates an effect in the
perceiver. Music has the magnetism of reference, and the symbols it signifies range from pure


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