Fulbright and mtvU sponsored scholar Jillian Marshall offers honest and often humorous vignettes that delve far beyond Western stereotypes of Japanese culture to portray a society’s deep relationship with music, and what it means to listen and understand as a cultural outsider.
Following a decade of back-and-forth across the Pacific while researching her doctoral thesis in ethnomusicology, JAPANTHEM author Jillian Marshall reveals contemporary Japan through a prism of magic, serendipity, frustration, unique underground culture, learning life lessons the hard way, and an insatiable curiosity for the human spirit. The book’s twenty vignettes — including what it’s like to be subtly bullied by your Buddhist dance teacher, go to a secret rave in woods near Mt. Fuji, meet a pop star at a basement club while tipsy, and experience a nuclear disaster unfold by the minute — are based off first-hand experience, and illustrate music’s fascinating relationship to (Japanese) society with honesty, intelligence, and humor. JAPANTHEM offers a uniquely nuanced portrayal of life in the Land of the Rising Sun — while encouraging us to listen more deeply in (and to) Japan in the process.
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|Publisher:||Three Rooms Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"In Tokyo, I once saw a guy slam his face into a cymbal, break a piece of Plexiglas over his head, and throw himself on the ground as he was playing distorted Metallica records at maximum volume, all while taunting a bunch of sweaty dudes (plus me) in a basement: “This is too gentle for you, isn’t it?”
But there I was, laughing, nearly euphoric, and totally feeling these guys playing what was, in actuality, some pretty dark music. And I wasn’t the only one having a grand ol’ time; it was a packed party, an anniversary show that a friend has been putting together for a few years now. For a person who covers her ears when an ambulance goes by in the US, I wondered how I could actually enjoy the abrasive Noise gig in a grimy little basement somewhere in western Tokyo. It was so loud that my ears felt like they were growing a coating of fuzzy cotton from the inside out: a feeling I savored as I unexpectedly waxed nostalgic about temporary hearing loss.
Ah, the Tokyo days . . . they were actually pretty fun, weren’t they?"
from Japanthem: Counter-Cultural Experiences, Cross-Cultural Remixes, by Jillian Marshall (c) Copyright 2022
Table of ContentsTABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Toward a Public Intellectualism
- On Noise
- Ugo, Akita
- Amerika the Beautiful, In Two Acts
- Interlude I: Context, Lyrics, and Interviews
- En, Underground
- The Dance Teacher
- Idols You Can Touch! (As Two Scenes)
- The Secret Mountain Party
- “You Came In Here, Didn’t You?”
- Peripheral Encounters: A Series of Personal/Social/Musical Experiments
- Three Akita Bijin
- The Matsuyama Tour
- 初DJ の経験
- Interlude II: Music for the People
- On Making it Big
- The Celebrity
- Portrait of an (Underground) Artist as a Young Man