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Publication Date: 2013-06-03
With a more academic flair, this book investigates the noise scene that emerged in the 1980's. Using the relationship between Japan and the West as its narrative framework, Novak mentions noise bands such as Incapacitants and Merzbow to understand the way overseas curiosity in the most extreme noise bands from Japan helped cultivate this subgenre.
Publication Date: 2007-09-03
Julian Cope's study on the impact of 1960's rock 'n' roll is a great start to learning about the historical beginnings of Japanese rock. Providing historical contexts, the book explores the cultural clashes between traditional Japanese values and the radical 60's and 70's. This rebellious wave fostered a new musical environment full of Japanese youths and musicians experimenting with sounds from the West.
Dokkiri! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989 A History and Guide by Kato David Hopkins
Publication Date: 2016-08-18
From the view of a scene insider, this book uncovers the various music scenes in Japan ranging from hardcore punk to pure noise. Hopkins looks into the Japanese independent music scene in a more broader scope by including regions beyond Tokyo such as the Kansai area.
Quit Your Band! Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground by
Publication Date: 2016-09-01
Covering a wide spectrum of the Japanese underground music scene from Tokyo’s idol subculture to the experimental indie scene, Ian F. Martin gives the readers a personal and well-rounded account of the Japanese music scene today. As a music columnist for the Japan Times and the owner of Call and Response Records, an independent record label in Tokyo, this book is one of the most up-to-date accounts of the ever-changing indie scene that is so hard to document.
Making Music in Japan's Underground by
Publication Date: 2011-07-29
This book explores the underground Tokyo hardcore scene in relation to Japanese society. Matsue takes on various academic disciplines, from Ethnomusicology to Anthropology and Japanese Studies, to see how musical scenes express resistance against societal norms. This resistance is at the heart of Tokyo’s hardcore scene.
Publication Date: 2002-11-19
Galliano provides a detailed history of Japanese music from the period preceding World War I and the post-war period. “Yogaku” is made up of two characters: yo, which means “ocean” and gaku, meaning “music”. "Yogaku" essentially means music from abroad. The book surveys the westernization of Japanese society along with the impact on the Japanese music scene. This book is recommended for those interested in getting an in-depth understanding of the world of contemporary Japanese music.
Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon by
Publication Date: 2012-02-21
A look into the history of popular music in Japan beginning with the American Occupation in 1945 and the pop music that came out as a response to American postwar hegemony. Bourdaghs also considers other genres such as rockabilly, 1960's rock ‘n’ roll, folk, and techno-pop into the analysis. This is for anyone seeking a broad overview of Japanese pop music that places it in its historical and social context.
Radicals and Realists in the Japanese Nonverbal Arts by
Publication Date: 2006-07-31
Focusing on the Japanese avant-garde scene in the 1950’s and 1960’s, this book details the artists and radicals rebelling against existing authority. Based on substantial archival research, interviews exclusive artists, composers, performers and critics, the book gives readers a sense of the longstanding history and richness of the avant-garde scene in Japan.
Avant Rock by
Publication Date: 2002-02-12
Avant Rock is the perfect primer for those interested in the history of avant-garde rock and the famous bands that were a part of it. Bill Martin investigates the rise of avant-garde rock bands from the 1960’s to the present. Early experimental bands to mainstream bands incorporating avant-garde elements are examined.
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
The book gives a historical overview of noise in music, from the early 20th century to the Japanese noise music of today. Hegarty discusses the idea of noise in music as similar to the avant-garde. Focusing primarily on noise music that emerged in the 1970’s, his discussions include industrial music, punk, and free jazz. It is a great introduction to noise music for those unfamiliar.
Sound Commitments by
Publication Date: 2009-02-19
Looking cross-culturally into the impact of avant-garde music in the 1960's, the book provides an overview of what avant-garde music is and the role it played in people's lives. The essays explore developments in the U.S., Europe, Italy, the Soviet Union, and Japan, where avant-garde musicians incorporated innovative technologies and sounds in response to the social and political shifts that each region underwent.