Gang Of Four - Abuse of power comes as no surprise

Post punks from Leeds who were described as probably the best politically motivated dance band in rock & roll.

Why band name Gang of Four - Cultural_Revolution_posterTheir band name refers to an illustrious, if not scary Chinese quartet that was in charge in the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Afterwards the actions of this foursome were not considered to have been quite so glorious, judging by their nickname 'the gang of four'.

The quartet consisted of Jiang Qing (Mao's widow), Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan and Wang Hongwen. They were deposed on 6 October 1976, barely a month after the death of great leader Mao Zedong.

The gang of four was taken to court in 1981, in a show trial in which they were accused of activities that were supposed to have damaged the Communist Party. Jiang Qing and Zhang Chunqiao were sentenced to death (later changed to life imprisonment), Wang Hongwen and Yao Wenyuan were sentenced respectively to life and twenty years prison.

All were released later and all are now dead.

Active: 1977-1983; 1987-1997; 2004-present, GBR
Site: http://gangoffour.co.uk/

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