Ai Weiwei makes music debut with anti-authority song

  • Reuters, Beijing
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  • Updated: May 23, 2013 12:57 IST

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made his first foray into the musical world on Wednesday with the release of the top single from his debut album, a song called “Dumbass” that takes inspiration from his detention in 2011.

The video for the heavy metal song, directed by Ai with cinematography by acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Doyle, depicts Ai’s 81 days in secretive detention in 2011, which sparked an international outcry.

The video features Ai having his head and signature beard shaved by his son, in a lipstick and a dress. Lyrics rail against authorities.


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