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Well sure, mean people suck, but what about the "mean people" of China? The mean people were certain classes of citizens who were bonded to servitude by heredity. (Some of whom were relegated to such lowly occupations as frog-catching and sedan-chair bearing.) Among these groups were the yuehu, or musicians' households, who were subject to official discrimination for over ten centuries.
You may have mixed feelings about tomorrow's massive parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, but I think we should have all tooted a horn or two this past May 23 in honor of another notable event in China's history: On that date in 1724 the reform-minded Yongzheng Emperor (Qing Dynasty) issued an edict officially abolishing the second-class status of all them nice musicians.
To commence your own private commemoration, please avail yourself of Mining the Audio Motherlode's first offering, below, an astonishing 8-CD collection of music from ancient China. Toot!
Various ~ "Ancient Chinese Music" (8 CDs)
(Branle de Champaigne)
Buenos Aires Blues Rock
Pajarito Zaguri ~ "Pajaro y la Murga del Rock 'n' Roll"
(Blog: En Busca del Tiempo Perdido)
From the album: Deja Que ya Escuche Su Oración (mp3)
Ernst Reijseger ~ "Taiming"
(Blog: Lucky Psychic Hut)
Hey, Ain't the Hot Mud Family from Ohio?!
Various ~ "Tennessee Folk Arts"
(Blog: Allen's Archive of Early and Old Country Music)
From the album: Rain and Snow (mp3) by Suzanne Edmunson & Rick Good
Another Psychotic-Hippie-Drug-and-Sex-in-the-Greek-Isles Movie
Mike Rozakis ~ "She Knew No Other Way" (O.S.T.)
(Blog: Bug in the City)
From the soundtrack: She Knew No Other Way (mp3)
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