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

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Bloomsbury, 2008 - Music - 302 pages
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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 clash between traditional Japanese values and the wild renegades of 1960s and 1970s rock 'n' roll is examined, and the seminal artists in Japanese post-World War II culture are all covered. From itinerate art-house poets to violent refusenik bands with penchants for plane hijacking, this is the story of the Japanese youths and musicians who simultaneously revolutionized a musical genre and the culture of a nation.

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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 ... Read full review

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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. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Julian Cope is a rock musician and music reviewer. His previous books include Krautrocksampler, The Megalithic European, and The Modern Antiquarian.

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