Made in Japan
Studies in Popular Music
Edited by Toru Mitsui
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Made in Japan: Popular Music Today serves as a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the history, sociology and musicology of 20th century Japanese popular music. The volume consists of essays by leading scholars of Japanese music and covers the major figures, styles and social contexts of pop music in Japanese. Although the vast majority of the contributors are Japanese, the essays are expressly written for an international English-speaking audience. Each essay provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Japanese popular music.
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