Nguyễn Văn Lộc takes the stage several nights a week at his cafe, performing many of Vietnam’s most popular love songs, in a style called "nhạc trữ tình," which means "romantic music."

Nguyễn Văn Lộc takes the stage several nights a week at his cafe, performing many of Vietnam’s most popular love songs, in a style called "nhạc trữ tình," which means "romantic music."

Credit:

Christopher M. Johnson

Nguyễn (left) sometimes visited Phan Thắng Toán, his friend and former bandmate who also went to prison for playing romantic music. After he was released, Phan lived - and died - in poverty, on the streets.

Nguyễn (left) sometimes visited Phan Thắng Toán, his friend and former bandmate who also went to prison for playing romantic music. After he was released, Phan lived — and died — in poverty, on the streets.

Credit:

Nguyễn Đình Toán (1994)

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