Japrocksampler

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

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Julian Cope, eccentric and visionary rock musician, hip archaeologist and one time frontman of Teardrop Explodes, follows the runaway underground success of his book Krautrocksampler with Japrocksampler, a cult deconstruction of Japanese rock music. Japrocksampler reveals what really happened when East met West after World War Two and the mayhem that ensued ...and is a must for anybody interested in modern music and Japanese culture. It explores the clash between traditional, conservative Japanese values and the wild rock 'n' roll renegades of the 1960s and 70s and tells the tale of the seminal artists in Japanese post-war culture, from itinerant art-house poets to violent refusenik rock groups with a penchant for plane hijacking. The book concludes with enticing reviews of Julian's Top 50 Jap Rock albums.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 136 x 200 x 30mm | 421.84g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 0747589453
  • 9780747589457
  • 221,133

Review quote

Praise for KRAUTROCKSAMPLER: 'This is a superb book ... this is an extraordinary book ... afterwards you will be infused with the horrifying yet uncontrollable desire to buy hundreds of records.' NMEshow more

About Julian Cope

Julian Cope was born in Deri, South Glamorgan, and grew up in Tamworth. After forming a succession of half-groups and writing songs with Ian McCulloch (later of Echo & the Bunnymen), he eventually formed Teardrop Explodes with Gary Dwyer in 1978. He is the author of Krautrocksampler, Megalithic European, The Modern Antiquarian, Head-On and Repossessed. His website, www.headheritage.co.uk, contains some of the most entertaining and insightful album reviews on the web.show more

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517 ratings
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5 28% (145)
4 45% (232)
3 22% (112)
2 4% (19)
1 2% (9)
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