Propagandizing Songs: A Historical Analysis of How Chairman Mao Reconstructed Music Before and During the Cultural Revolution

Tyler Prescott Parham

Abstract


Abstract: Chairman Mao Zedong utilized Chinese music as propaganda to mobilize the Chinese people to carry out his revolutionary agenda for a new China. From the Yan’an Rectification Movement (1942-1944) to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), Chairman Mao consistently pushed for a new China based on his personal interpretation of Marxism. By applying a historical approach, one can see how Mao’s reign over the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) before and during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution changed Chinese music, and how Chinese music was affected by the changing of leadership over the course of Mao’s career.


Keywords


China; Mao Zedong; Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; Great Leap Forward

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