Posted: Jun 11, 2007
Japrocksampler: How the Post-war Japanese Blew Their Minds on Rock 'n' Roll
by Julian Cope
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 Sep 2007)
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 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. The book concludes with enticing reviews of Julian's Top 50 Jap Rock albums.