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Chinese rocker Cui Jian quits state TV gala show after organizers block his song choice

FILE - In this June 3, 2005 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Cui Jian performs during his solo concert at Hongshan Stadium in Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province. The manager of the 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, said Cui decided to quit China Central Television's Jan. 30, 2014 gala show because he didn't want to sing another song. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhou Guoqiang, File) NO SALES
January 17, 2014 - 7:36 PM

BEIJING, China - 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 favour with the Chinese government after he sided with the Tiananmen protesters.

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