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Cover of Japrocksampler, utilizing the cover art of the Flower Travellin' Band album Anywhere.[1]
AuthorJulian Cope
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectJapanese rock
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
3 September 2007
Media typeHardback
Pages288 pp

Japrocksampler: How the Post-war Japanese Blew Their Minds on Rock 'n' Roll is a book written by author and musician Julian Cope and published by Bloomsbury on 3 September 2007.


The 304-page hardcover book is a companion piece to Cope's 1995 book on Krautrock, Krautrocksampler, and covers in extensive detail the post-war democratizing and westernizing of Japan, plus a detailed 28-page analysis of the experimental music scene from 1951-69. The unusual relationship between Japanese experimental theatre and rock music is carefully explained in the 14-page essay 'J.A. Caesar and the Radical Theatre Music of Japan'. There are also detailed biographies of the bands Taj Mahal Travellers, Flower Travellin' Band, Les Rallizes Denudes, Far East Family Band and Speed, Glue & Shinki.


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