Jappu Rokku Sanpurā: Sengo Nihonjin Ga Donoyōni Shite Dokuji No Ongaku O Mosaku Shite Kitaka
In the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll music began crossing the Atlantic Ocean—with The Beatles and The Who leading the British Invasion of the United States—and the Pacific Ocean, as American and European rock slowly began to take hold in Japan. This insightful study from visionary rock musician Julian Cope explores what really happened when Western music met Eastern shores. The cl
Now, silly me, I thought for sure Cope would write on the obvious (YMO) or on Hosono, Sakamoto, and maybe even the great and uber-fantastic Jun Togawa. But no!
Cope comes up with crazy bands for instance like the Flowers Travellin' Band - which sounds so insanely fantastic I am going...more
Then there's the Eleki Boom and all the young men are trying to be The Shadows. Absolutely no one's singing. Everyone goes mental when The Ventures tour.
The Beatles are invented and Japan falls in love with Gro...more
Having refused to revise or republish Krautrocksampler, Cope has turned his attention to the even more obscure Japanese music scene of the 60s and 70s. In fact, the discussion of the Japanese art scene of the early 60s is one of the more fascinating sections (I'm dying to recreate one of High Red Center's art events outside my house).
Cope writes v...more
This book is by and for the deep music nerd, not mere rockers but for those that believe there is a redemptive mysticism at play when certain people put on sunglasses and pick up guitars they can barely play; their souls knife through the fabric of everyday life. Julian Cope weaves tales of everyone from Frankie Avalon wannabes...more
However, if you want to learn about the Japanese rock scene of the 60s and 70s this is a great starting point, and there's plenty of good music recommendations to keep you busy for a wh...more
But I shall perservere as when he is not writing lists, I really enjoy Julian Cope's writing style, particularly in the first chapter where he went into the political climate in Japan as a background.