ma shih fang

ma shih fang is one of my biggest cultural heroes.

in 2006 he published the book 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' (地下鄉愁藍調), in which he nostalgically paid tribute to a long-gone era in music that he was strangely not a part of. i read that book from cover to cover, savouring every word. that was i think an important part of my music education, but maybe more than that it was also the book that made me see the world in terms of its history.

later i became obsessed with the music of the 1960s and 1970s as well, just like him. more specifically, we were interested in what made those times such remarkable, mythical times. we were born too late to be able to experience for ourselves the wildness and radical freedom of those few golden decades, so we relived them through their music.

ma shih fang writes beautifully, sensitively, gracefully. when he writes about music he is also writing about life. his writing always seems to be heart-felt, and honest, and real, and of course they're always terribly moving.

anyway, this rant came about because he has published a new book (above). if you are interested in his writing/thoughts, he blogs here. he also hosts the music program 'Music 543' (音樂五四三) on taiwan radio News98. i have heard that it's possible to stream it via here.

ps: he writes only in chinese.


January 9, 2011 at 8:16 AM Anonymous said...

i love the book cover. need to check his books out!

January 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM Amelia said...

Hello! I knew about this blog recently.

I looked back at some posts in the past and too bad that the cafe is closed already. I would have like to visit it.

I got so many inspiration from this blog. Just wanna say thank you for sharing. =D