Dokkiri! tells the history of a remarkable complex of musical subcultures that developed in Japan from the mid-1970s. Starting with a discussion of the earliest rumblings of punk and new wave, all types of independently produced music are covered in more detail than has ever appeared in English before. Punk, art music, noise, hardcore, psychedelic, dance music and more.
"This book fills in the gaps in my own appreciation of the Japanese independent music scene and provides context for sounds, lyrics and personalities that were all opaque mysteries until now."
"Knowledge, affection and respect for the music illuminate an incredible creative and innovative scene. The what. The why. The how."
"Hopkins is that rare scene historian who was there at the beginning: and he's still there, recounting the details and telling the stories that no one else can remember. Maniacs and beginners alike, start here!"
---David Novak, author of Japanoise
This was a legendary Public Bath Records scenezine from 1991, covering many topics of the Japanese underground, and more specifically, the Osaka underground of that era. There are reviews of CDs, tapes, shows, videos and more. There are interviews with several bands, including an important interview with the Boredoms. There is fiction and other silliness. An interesting time capsule. It originally came with two full cassettes of listening material, but difficulties contacting the members of now defunct bands for permissions mean that the sounds will not be available at this time. Maybe later.
AND! The low budget host for this site would not easily allow a digital download, so the incredibly inconvenient process is, send your ¥100 to us through paypal and when we confirm it we will send you a password that will open the download. That's the theory anyway. We'd really rather deal with ink and paper.....
Osato Toshiharu's memoir/novel of the origins of Tokyo's most uncompromising punk band, Gaseneta. It certainly sets a record for literary references in a book about artcore music! Funny, thoughtful, and ultimately moving account. Awarded Best Book of the Year for 2017 by terminal-boredom.com!
Legendary folk singer Mikami Kan's 2000 autobiography plus additional writing and interview material. Includes a live CD of Mikami in Sapporo in February of 2017. A deep inside look at "the most radical folk singer in Japan," where he came from and where he is now.
This is the prize-winning history of the music known as Enka, one of the dominant forms of postwar popular music, that rearranged everyone's understanding of the history of postwar pop. Love it or hate it, Enka is a necessary background for anyone hoping to understand the music of Japan. With a new introduction by the author and full color printing (unlike the Japanese original), this is a must-have for your collection.
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The acclaimed collection by Yamamoto Seiichi, with all new art and photography and a new CD of remixed and new music by Omoide Hatoba and Suido Megane Satsujin Jiken.
Postage to Europe and North America will be ￥780 for airmail, ¥480 for SAL air. Japan Post informs me that SAL rates are not available at this time for France, Netherlands, or Spain.