All the muso types amongst you are probably aware of Julian Cope’s Krautrocksampler book from a few years back – a detailed and fascinating history of the weird and wonderful music produced in Germany in the late 60s and 70s. Well, he’s now doing the same thing for Japanese music with the Japrocksampler from Julian Cope.
An altogether heftier book than the German one, Japrocksampler is a more detailed look at the Japanese scene, with plenty of background leading into the book proper and the 1960s, before focusing on the key artists and collector’s favourites – and their bizarre stories, including everything from violence to plane hijacking.
And if you fancy buying some of the material mentioned here, there’s a top 50 Japrock chart to keep your wallet busy.
The book is published on 3rd September, available for around £10.