Atsuko Yamano

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Atsuko Yamano
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Atsuko performing live in Manhattan at the Blender Theater, November 19, 2007
Background information
Birth nameAtsuko Yamano
Born (1964-02-22) February 22, 1964 (age 55)
Osaka Prefecture, Japan
GenresPop-punk, alternative rock, indie pop
InstrumentsDrums, bass, vocals
Years active1981–present
Associated actsShonen Knife

Atsuko Yamano (山野 敦子, Yamano Atsuko) (February 22, 1964) is a founding member of the Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife. When the band was first started, Atsuko played drums and provided backup vocals.[1] A former fashion designer, she was also responsible for designing the band's stage outfits.[2] After the departure of Michie Nakatani, Atsuko switched from drummer to bassist. Atsuko eventually retired from the band to marry, and moved to Los Angeles. In 2015, following a hiatus from the band, she returned to an active role within Shonen Knife — playing bass guitar on studio albums and joining the band on international tours outside Japan.


  1. ^ "Shonen Knife – Bio". Shonen Knife. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  2. ^ McKenzie, Brian (1997-01-24). "Frequently Asked Questions About Shonen Knife". The Shonen Knife Freaks. Brian K. McKenzie. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2009-03-25.

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