Friday, June 09, 2006
California Bookwatch's June issue reviews jrock, ink.: a concise report on 40 of the biggest rock acts in japan by Josephine Yun (who today just recorded an interview with the BBC! Details to come...):
Imagine a geisha playing electric guitar, or a koto performer flipping the bird. Imagine a 3-piece high school band called Mr. Children whose long-term success allowed it to evolve from a school band to number 1 on the Japanese record charts. Imagine Japanese indie rock performer who mix punk elements with Japanese. Add a healthy dose of fun drawings throughout and you have a survey of Japanese pop rock culture not to be missed: a 'must' for any alternative or indie world music fan who would better understand modern Japanese musicians.