Various Artists - Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock

Various Artists

Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock

light in the attic
VÖ Datum: 29.09.2017
Genre: World Music
Format: LP
32,99 €
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Various Artists - Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock


In late '60s Japan, student protests and a rising youth culture gave way to the angura (short for underground") movement that thrived on subverting traditions of the post-war years. Rejection of the Beatlemania-inspired Group Sounds and the squeaky clean College Folk movements led the rise of what came to be known in Japan as New Music', where authenticity mattered more than replicating the sounds of their idols.

Some of the most influential figures in Japanese pop music emerged from this vital period, yet very little of their work has ever been released or heard outside of Japan, until now. This is the first-ever fully licensed collection of essential Japanese folk and rock songs, from the peak years of the angura movement to reach Western audiences.

In mid-to-late 1960s Tokyo, young musicians and college students were drawn to Shibuya's Dogenzaka district and the jazz and rock kissas, or cafes, that dotted its winding hilly streets. Some of these spaces doubled as performance venues, providing a stage for local regulars like Hachimitsu Pie with their The Band-like ragged Americana, Tetsuo Saito with his spacey philosophical folk, and the influential Happy End, who successfully married the unique cadences of the Japanese language to the rhythms of the American West Coast. For many years Dogenzaka remained a center of the city's New Music' scene.

Meanwhile a different kind of music subculture was beginning to emerge in the Kansai region around Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. Far more political than their eastern counterparts, many of the Kansai-based underground artists began in the realm of protest folk music. They include Takashi Nishioka and his progressive folk collective Itsutsu No Akai Fuusen, the Japanese Joni Mitchell' Sachiko Kanenobu, and The Dylan II, whose members ran The Dylan cafe in Osaka, which became a hub for the scene.

Even a Tree Can Shed Tears includes the bluesy avant-garde stylings of Maki Asakawa, future Sadistic Mika Band founder Kazuhik

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