Chinese rocker quits TV gala show over song choice

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 1:02 AM

BEIJING (AP) — The manager of a Chinese rocker known for his rebellious style says the musician will not perform at a state broadcaster's variety show for the Lunar New Year because the organizers have turned down his song choice.

The manager, You You, says Cui Jian had proposed to sing "Nothing to My Name," which became the unofficial anthem for demonstrating students during the deadly 1989 Tiananmen protests, but the event's censors said he would have to choose another song.

She said Cui decided to quit China Central Television's Jan. 30 gala show because he didn't want to sing another song.

Cui fell out of favor with the Chinese government after he sided with the Tiananmen protesters.

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