- 02:15 PM, Jul 23
Alan Paul's new memoir Big in ChinaThe book recounts his time in Beijing, where he relocated from suburban New Jersey with his family when his wife, Rebecca Blumenstein, was named The Wall Street Journal's China bureau chief. Becoming a stay-at-home dad, Paul spent hours exploring the city while his three young children were in school. One day, he wandered into a guitar shop to see if someone might be able to fix his guitar, which had been damaged en route to China. He struck up a conversation with Woodie Wu, a young guitarist and owner of the shop. Paul's own musical talents had been long dormant, but together, he and Wu forming a blues quintet with two other Chinese musicians and an American (the U.S. Treasury representative to China).Woodie Alan, the name of their band, took the Beijing club scene by storm and became a national touring sensation.