Japrocksampler: How the Post-war Japanese Blew Their Minds on Rock'n'roll

Bloomsbury, 2007 - 302 Seiten
Julian Cope, eccentric and visionary rock musician, hip archaeologist and one time frontman of Teardrop Explodes, follows the runaway underground success of Krautrocksampler, a cult deconstruction of German rock music, with Japrocksampler.

Japrocksampler is a short history of Japanese youth culture in the post-war years. It explores the clash between traditional, conservative Japanese values and the wild rock and roll renegades of the 1960s and 70s, telling the tale of six seminal groups of artists in Japanese post-war culture, from itinerant art-house poets to violent refusenik rock groups with a penchant for plane hijacking.

Cope tours regularly and has just brought out a new album, Dark Orgasm. His website, Head Heritage, is widely acknowledged as containing some of the most entertaining and insightful album reviews on the web. Julian's fans (Copeheads) as well as the generally interested reader will lap up this take on the Jap Rock phenomenon.

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Interesting exploration of Japanese post war political, economic, and social history as context for the cross-pollination of Japanese and Western experimental music via jazz, rock and pop. Cope's ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Worth it for the chapter on Group Sounds and the general overall grasp on the scene he has. Caveat is that the closer he gets to the heavy psych stuff, the more he slips into unintelligible Cope-isms. Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Über den Autor (2007)

After starting a succession of half-groups and writing songs with Ian McCulloch (later of Echo & the Bunnymen), Julian Cope eventually formed Teardrop Explodes with Gary Dwyer in 1978. He is the author of Krautrocksampler, Megalithic European, The Modern Antiquarian, Head- On and Repossessed. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

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