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  »  Issues Contents  2010-04-07 The face of independence

The face of independence? A visual record of Taiwanese indie music scene

Shih-Lun CHANG


These photographs, largely taken between 2005 and 2008, is a subjective and partial record of the flourishing indie music scene in Taiwan. In recent years, despite the ubiquitous recession in popular music industry, a rather new phenomenon of independent music scene that operates consciously outside the traditional network of major label has gradually taken shape, challenging and re-articulating the hegemony of youth culture and the politics of music in various ways.


Author’s biography

Born in 1975 in Taipei City and graduated from National Cheng-Chi University of Taiwan with a MA degree in Journalism, Shih-Lun CHANG is a free-lance writer, film/music critic, and an amateur photographer based in Taiwan. His past works include Discursive Formation of the "Taiwanese New Cinema": A Historical Analysis (1965-2000) (MA dissertation, 2001), and the traditional Chinese translation of Another Way of Telling (Trio Publication, 2007) written by John Berger and Jean Mohr. He is currently the PhD candidate of Centre for Cultural Studies in Goldsmiths College, University of London.



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