Asia 201 Annotated Bibliography

Jillian Haldeman
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Using specific examples in your answer, analyze some of the ways Japan has adopted and adapted popular music from outside of its shores. Is Japanese popular music merely ‘imitative’ and ‘unoriginal’?

Japanese music is the core of much US debate currently; with X-Japan reaching its shores and making its first US release with fully English tracks. I intend to explore how Japanese popular music, mostly its Rock and Visual Kei over the last 20 years has grown and how it can be unoriginal and imitative but at the same time not.

Allen Chun (Editor), Ned Rossiter (Editor), Brian Shoesmith (Editor). Refashioning Pop Music in Asia. Routledge, 2004. 127.

Keywords: Asia, Pop Music, Building Ideas, Reformation, Commercialism

Summary: A look into how Japans’ merely non-imitative ways of building and reforming popular ideas from western or even American culture.  Baroque and Christianity based examples of how Japan’s Alfee (Band) took commercialism and religion and mixed it into a Music Video.

Brownlee, Nick. Bubblegum: The History of Plastic Pop. Sanctuary Pub. Ltd. (U.K.), 2003.

Keywords: Pop Music, American Bubblegum, History, Mickey Mouse Club, Commercialism
Summary: Britney, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake and Hanson, pioneers of the 90’s bubblegum imagery.  But who really was the historical pioneer of this image and term?  From the Archie’s squeaky clean cartoon like image, to the Partridge Family; this book takes an inside look into how American and UK music formed the cookie cutter aspect of Commercial Popular Music.  Giving a clue to who’s really at “Fault” and who is the “Grandfather” of Commercialism in Music.

Buckley, David. Strange Fascination: David Bowie: David Bowie, The Definitive Story. Virgin Books, 2010.

Keywords: David Bowie, Biography, UK Glam Rock, Rock Artists, Ziggy Stardust

Summary: A look into the history, mind and personal details of one of the major pioneers of Glam Rock and alternative popular music in the 20th century.  David Bowie; nee David Jones has always had an eye for the altenative, the unknown and this book flourishes the information on influence previous to his debut, and influence towards other artists in the future.

D’Agostino, Giulio. Glam Musik: British Glam Music ’70 History. IUniverse, 2001.

Keywords: Glam, United Kingdom, Compilation, Asian Music, T-Rex, Marc Bolan

Summary: An honest personable history compilation on Glam Music laced with similarities of yesteryear. From Ziggy Stardust to T-Rex (Marc Bolan), Glam Music from the United Kingdom and United States may have phased out; but it’s memory lays beneath the chords of bands from Asia. While this book doesn’t talk about ‘Asia’ in general, the relevance is rich in the information about live shows, and key aspects about interpersonal information and musical influence.

Davis, Steve. Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend. Gotham Books, 2004.

Keywords: Jim Morrison, Legends, Light My Fire, Guitar, Drugs

Summary: As the book explains him being dead for decades and still causing trouble; a lord of misrule and a secret enemy to conservative conformity – his enigmatic sense of style in erotic disconformities, Jim Morrison was the father of Shock Rock. 1960’s orgasmic organs, with a smooth voice almost like brandy on a table and lit on fire. With respect to the man himself; and much study into the ideas of it; his influence on Japanese Rock is apparent.

De Ferranti, Hugh. “‘Japanese Music’ can be popular.” Popular Music (2002): 195-208.

Keywords: Commercialism, Japanese Pop, Academic Studies, Tradition Vs Modernity, Musical Culture

Summary: An article from the journal of Popular Music (Japanese Edition) studying the independent disciplinary project of Japanese music studies.  Delving into the theory of how Japanese music isn’t just another traditional koto performance, and the traditional stems that apply to even today’s popular music.

Moriarty, Frank. Seventies Rock: The Decade of Creative Chaos. Houston: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003.

Keywords: 1970’s, Creative Chaos, Drugs, Rock Music, Maniac Superstardom

Summary: An inside look to the 1970’s; a world full of Punk, Soul, Rock and the ethereal image of sex drugs, and rock and roll.  Experiences and Information on Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Ted Nugent and various other popular and influential acts. Giving insight to the maniac superstardom inherited from previous decades, and the explosion of experimentalism.

Paytress, Mark. Bolan:: The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar. Music Sales, 2007.

Keywords:  Marc Bolan, T- Rex, Glam Rock, Punk Rock, 20th Century UK Music

Summary: Biography on T-Rex’s Marc Bolan, As the book says “The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar”. Photographic accented looks into the fusion of music and style that many cannot forget. Influential aspects of the music industry from glam, punk, mod, hippie and many others; this book covers an interesting relevance into X-Japan’s hide.

Seno, Alexandra A. “Isolation In Their Grief.” Asiaweek 22 May 1998: 40-41.

Keywords: Hideto Matsumoto, Creativity, Asiaweek, X-Japan, Influential Japanese Musicians

Summary: An article explaining the grief felt by Japanese fans of Hideto Matsumoto, former guitarist of popular Japanese Rock band – X-Japan.  His passing on May 2nd 1998 uncovered many aspects of his style and personality that even a decade later; much like Jim Morrison’s biography explains “Shows that this man is still causing trouble.” (But in a good way; I would assume.) Although his article focus  is on the grief and despair of fans; critical information on his history and influence, style and other details are released.  Also shows a vivid picture of the quasi-relationship a superstar shows with their fans; even after the proposed suicide of the acclaimed ‘Pink Spider’.

Other Resources and Websites, Interviews and Images

Headwax Organization. 1128 hide SOLO TOUR 1996 PSYENCE A GO GO. Tokyo: Sony Magazines, 1997.

Keywords: Headwax Organization, Sony Magazines, Photobook, Tour, Hideto Matsumoto

Summary: A vital resource, that while completely in Japanese; and something I have not been able to read (there are pages with text.); this book does give photographic evidence of style and detail of the Psyence a Go Go tour in 1996. Photographs are mainly taken by Hideo Canno and Chie Kato.

Headwax Organization. “Hide City Fanclub – New Release The Devolution Project.” 8 August 2010. Hide City. 26 August 2010 <http://hide-city.com/mcontents/special/100804_newrelease/&gt;. [Background image to Bibliography]

Keywords: Hideto Matsumoto, Single Release, Image use

Summary: Use of this image was strictly in the background to the Annotated Bibilography

J MUSIC IGNITED. Sugizo Interview. 11 July 2010. 26 August 2010 <http://jmignited.com/interviews/373-sugizo&gt;.

Keywords: Sugizo, Sugihara Yasuhiro, Luna Sea, X-japan, Interview

Summary:  One of many interviews across Japanese Music websites of Sugizo; Violinist and Guitarist of Luna Sea, and recent addition as Guitarist for X-Japan.

Purple Sky Web Magazine. Purple Sky Magazine. 7 June 2010. 22 August 2010 <http://purpleskymagazine.com/2010/06/interview-miyavi-samurai-guitarist-and-ceo-part-2/&gt;.

Keywords: Miyavi, Guitarist, Samurai, Peace and Smile Company, Universal Japan

Summary: Part Two to the Interview with former Due Le Quartz member, Solo Artist Miyavi [Formerly Miyabi] (Takamasa Ishihara).

Purple Sky Web Magazine. Purple Sky Magazine. 1 June 2010. 22 August 2010 <http://purpleskymagazine.com/2010/06/interview-miyavi-samurai-guitarist-and-ceo-part-1/&gt;.

Keywords: Miyavi, Guitarist, Samurai, Peace and Smile Company, Universal Japan

Summary: Part one to the Interview with former Due Le Quartz member, Solo Artist Miyavi [Formerly Miyabi] (Takamasa Ishihara).  Miyavi talks about his influences from the past, his experiences with performing in super group S.K.I.N., and his ideas on the ‘best’ super group he could come up with possible.

Final Bibliography

Allen Chun (Editor), Ned Rossiter (Editor), Brian Shoesmith (Editor). “Refashioning Pop Music in Asia.” In Refashioning Pop Music in Asia, by Ned Rossiter (Editor), Brian Shoesmith (Editor) Allen Chun (Editor), 127. Routledge, 2004.

Brownlee, Nick. Bubblegum: The History of Plastic Pop. Sanctuary Pub. Ltd. (U.K.), 2003.

Buckley, David. Strange Fascination: David Bowie: David Bowie, The Definitive Story. Virgin Books, 2010.

Conner, Thomas. Chicago Sun Times. August 8, 2010. http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/conner/2570618,x-japan-080810.article (accessed September 18, 2010).

D’Agostino, Giulio. Glam Musik: British Glam Music ’70 History. IUniverse, 2001.

Davis, Steve. Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend. Gotham Books, 2004.

De Ferranti, Hugh. “‘Japanese Music’ can be popular.” Popular Music, 2002: 195-208.

Headwax Organization. 1128 hide SOLO TOUR 1996 PSYENCE A GO GO. Tokyo: Sony Magazines, 1997.

—. “Hide City Fanclub – New Release The Devolution Project.” Hide City. August 8, 2010. http://hide-city.com/mcontents/special/100804_newrelease/ (accessed August 26, 2010).

—. hide Photo Album -Official Book hide BIBLE. Tokyo: Ongaku Senkasha, 2008.

—. Pinky Promise hide Official Book . Tokyo: Ongaku Senkasha, 2010.

Hoskyns, Barney. Glam! Bowie, Bolan and the Glitter Rock Revolution. Faber and Faber, 1998.

J MUSIC IGNITED. Sugizo Interview. July 11, 2010. http://jmignited.com/interviews/373-sugizo (accessed August 26, 2010).

Jr., James K. Skipper. “How popular is popular music?: Youth and diversification of musical preferences .” Popular Music Society, 1973: 145 – 154.

Jrock Revolution. VOICE of SUGIZO: A Heart to Heart With Jrock Revolution. October 2007, 10. http://www.jrockrevolution.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=156&Itemid=175 (accessed August 2010, 26 ).

Kanako. Jack in the box 2010 Summer. COOL JAPAN! August 2010. http://www.musicjapanplus.jp/articles/?action=article_data_list&articles_id=3360 (accessed August 26, 2010).

—. SUGIZO First Interview with musicJAPANplus PART 1. COOL JAPAN! 2010. http://www.musicjapanplus.jp/specialfeatures/2291/sugizo-first-interview-with-musicjapanplus-part-1/ (accessed August 26, 2010).

Kitagawa, Junko. “Some Aspects of Japanese Popular Music.” Popular Music, 1991: 305-315.

LaCarmina. La Carmina – Report on Dir En Grey Concert. September 16, 2010. http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2010/09/dir-en-grey-in-seattle-jrock-visual-kei-concerts-us-tour-photos-kyo-kaoru-die-shinya-toshiya/ (accessed September 18, 2010).

壬生義士伝 Mibu Gishi Den. Directed by Yojiro Takita. Performed by Sakai Masato, et al. 2003.

McClure, Steve. “A Japanese Artist/Producer Steers Collaborations Throughout Asia.” Billboard (Asia Pacific Quarterly), May 26, 2001: APQ2.

—. “‘SPACE’ Invaders.” Billboard, October 28, 2006: 25.

Moriarty, Frank. Seventies Rock: The Decade of Creative Chaos. Houston: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003.

Music Scene. “Heavy Metal Bubblegum.” 1974.

Ongaku Senkasha. “ARENA 37c.” Tokyo: Ongaku Senkasha, JUNE 1998.

P, Steve. A Biased History of UK Glam. http://www.doremi.co.uk/glam/ (accessed September 18, 2010).

Paltin, David. Kid Control; The Secrets Behind Getting it Back and Making it Work. http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/parenting/parental-control.shtml (accessed September 18, 2010).

Paytress, Mark. Bolan:: The Rise and Fall of a 20th Century Superstar. Music Sales, 2007.

Photobucket. “Radter96 Photobucket Gallery.” Photobucket. http://media.photobucket.com/image/X-Japan/radter96/xjapan31.jpg (accessed September 19, 2010).

Purple Sky Web Magazine. Purple Sky Magazine. June 1, 2010. http://purpleskymagazine.com/2010/06/interview-miyavi-samurai-guitarist-and-ceo-part-1/ (accessed August 22, 2010).

—. Purple Sky Magazine. June 7, 2010. http://purpleskymagazine.com/2010/06/interview-miyavi-samurai-guitarist-and-ceo-part-2/ (accessed August 22, 2010).

Sakamoto, Mikiko. “Takemitsu and the Influence of “CAGE SHOCK” : Transforming The Japanese Ideology into Music.” Doctoral Document from University of Nebraska. Lincoln: UMI Dissertation Publishing, May 2010.

Schwartz. “Japan Top 10.” Bilboard, September 26, 2009: 27.

Seno, Alexandra A. “Isolation In Their Grief.” Asiaweek, May 22, 1998: 40-41.

Sorachi, Hideaki. 銀魂 (Gin Tama). Japanese Animation, DVD, Manga. Directed by Shinji Takamatsu and Fujita Yoichi. Produced by Sunrise. Performed by Sorachi, Hideaki. 2006.

Stevens, Carolyn. Japanese Popular Music. New York: Routledge (Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series 2009), 2009.

Sugizo. Sugizo Official Website – Discography. Universal Records. 2010. http://www.sugizo.com/ (accessed August 26, 2010).

Sumiko, Asai. “Firm Organization and Marketing Strategy in the Japanese music instustryq.” Popular Music, 2008: 473-485.

Thomas, Nigel. “Chinn & Chapman.” 1974.

Thompson, Dave. “20th Century Rock N Roll: Glam Rock.” In 20th Century Rock N Roll: Glam Rock, by Dave Thompson, 5-16,126-130. 1971.

Wai-ming Ng, Benjamin. “Japanese Popular Music in Singapore and the Hybridization of Asian Music.” ASIAN MUSIC, 2002/2003: 1-16.

Yano, Christine. “Inventing Selves: Images and Image Making in a Japanese Popular Music Genre.” Journal of Popular Culture, 1997: 115-129.

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