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Big in China Excerpt: The Ecstasy of the evangelist. Preaching the blues in Changsha

"What a romp. After writing about music for years, Alan Paul walked the walk, preaching the blues in China. Anyone who doubts that music is bigger than words needs to read this great tale.” -Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers Band —This…
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Big in China Excerpt: Into the Great Wide Open. Guizhou, China with Kids

—This post is adapted from Chapter 8 of Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China (Harper). Click here to buy. Copyright 2011 by Alan Paul.   There are countless motivations for…
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Taking it all off - as discussed in Big in China, Chapter 9

It is endlessly fun for me to go back through the old posts here, especially those from the first year in Beijing. When my father Dixie Doc was going through chemo, a large group of us shaved our heads in support. This blog became, as I wrote…
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Big in China Excerpt 3 - Rough Travel with Kids

Well, the Panda Dad vs. Tiger mom brouhaha has taken off over on WSJ.com and that's a good thing, boosting my recognition, etc. But it has also overshadowed the fact that I also posted a Big in China excerpt over there.  It's about our family…

Big in China Excerpt 2 - Them Changes

From Chapter 19My day-to-day existence was being transformed, with the band moving from a fun little side project into a far more central place in my life. This all felt normal in Beijing, where growth and change were the only constants and…

Big in China Excerpt 1 - Through the Looking Glass

With the release of Big in China now just one week away, I will be presenting some short excerpts. First up is Through the Looking Glass, taken from Chapter 3, Across the Great Divide. As always, feedback is welcome. Happy reading.Through the…