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Made in Japan

Studies in Popular Music, 1st Edition

Edited by Toru Mitsui


270 pages | 81 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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

About the Editor

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).

About the Series

Routledge Global Popular Music Series

The Routledge Global Popular Music Series provides popular music scholars, teachers, students, and musicologists with a well-informed and up-to-date introduction to different world popular music scenes. The series of volumes can be used for academic teaching in popular music studies, or as a collection of reference works. Written by those living and working in the countries about which they write, this series is devoted to popular music largely unknown to Anglo-American readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology