Japan – A Foreign Place (The Biography 1974-1984)


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Japan – A Foreign Place (The Biography 1974-1984). 2016 softback edition of A Foreign Place, Anthony Reynolds’ critically acclaimed and comprehensive biography of the influential band Japan.

Chronicling the rise and fall of one of the 1980s most respected and beloved bands, the book lifts the veil on the creative processes and personal histories of a fascinating group of introspective musicians whose activities have frequently been shrouded in secrecy.

Reynolds, previously responsible for books on The Walker Brothers and Leonard Cohen, engagingly details the strange twists and turns that saw a group of friends from working class South London develop from unpromising provincial Glam Funk origins to eventually become the authors of the innovative and exotic sonic assault of the globally successful Tin Drum.

Written with the full approval and co-operation of Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen and Rob Dean, the book contains many unseen period photographs, as well as first-hand accounts of the band and its music from friends, music industry associates and musical collaborators.

Japan – A Foreign Place (The Biography 1974-1984)

This edition is 212 pages long, 210 x 210mm square and contains approximately 260 pictures, many unseen before the deluxe edition was published.

Japan achieved nine UK Top 40 hits in the early 1980s, most notably “Ghosts” which reached No. 5 in 1982.

Japan – A Foreign Place – The Biography. (1974-1984) features contributions from band members Steve Jansen, Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri plus a host of other major/minor players including school friends, associates, producers, fellow musicians and many others who were there.

Japan – A Foreign Place (The Biography 1974-1984)

Written by Anthony Reynolds – known for his acclaimed full-length biographies on The Walker Brothers, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen – the book also includes previously unpublished photographs, some from the private archives of the band members themselves.

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Weight 810 g