Since 1914, when Taiwanese performers sat down to record their first gramophone records, Taiwan has grown a robust music industry. Through years of changing fashions, Taiwan’s artists have kept creating work for the people of their time- and ours- to enjoy. People here have no trouble remembering the big songs and the big singers of the past. But when it comes to the lives of the stars, the ways music was recorded, and the places where people once listened to music, memories can get a little fuzzy. For questions about these forgotten parts of Taiwan’s musical past, you need an expert. Luckily, we’ve found one in Huang Yu-yuan, a researcher specializing in recorded music at the National Museum of Taiwan History. In this three-part series, Mr. Huang is taking us back into Taiwan’s musical archives, sharing the best-loved songs, and unwrapping the stories behind the music.
- 23 September, 2018