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1st Edition

Made in Japan
Studies in Popular Music

Edited By

Toru Mitsui

ISBN 9780415637572
Published July 7, 2014 by Routledge
270 Pages 81 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Made in Japan serves as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Japanese popular music. Each essay, written by a leading scholar of Japanese music, covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Japan and provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music, followed by essays organized into thematic sections: Putting Japanese Popular Music in Perspective; Rockin’ Japan; and Japanese Popular Music and Visual Arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Embracing the West and Creating a Blend  Part I: Putting Japanese Popular Music in Perspective  Part II: Rockin' Japan  Part III: Japanese Popular Music and Visual Arts  Coda: Japanese Music Reception  Afterword: Maintaining Artistic Integrity and Creative Control: A Conversation with Tatsurō Yamashita  A Selected Bibliography on Japanese Popular Music

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Toru Mitsui is Professor Emeritus at Kanazawa University taught the first postgraduate course in popular music studies in Japan. His publications in English include Karaoke Around the World: Global Technology, Local Singing, co-edited with S. Hosokawa (1998).


"As with the rest of the series, this high quality book is suitable both as a reference work and as a resource for teaching about popular music in an academic setting." - Sonograma