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Japrocksampler: How the Post-War Japanese Blew Their Minds on Rock 'n' Roll


Bloomsbury Publishing PLC




From the unabashedly personal perspective of a musician (who toured in Japan) and a record collector, Cope writes about music in a way that moves beyond disciplinary boundaries found in academic writing. Aiming to introduce readers not only to Japanese rock and experimental music but also to Japanese underground culture after 1945, Cope’s book places the music in its historical and political contexts. In the rock section, for example, the ties between student movements as well as more radical Red Army movements are discussed in relation to the band Murahachibu. By writing about rock and experimental music together, Cope is able to show some important ties and influences that get lost in texts that focus on only one genre or the other. Experimental music composers discussed include Ichiyanagi Toshi, Joji Yuasa, and Kosugi Takehisa. Important: See the Japanese translation of this book for extensive annotations and corrections to the original.