Julian Cope's JAPROCKSAMPLER site

“When I wrote JAPROCKSAMPLER, so little had been published in English on the subject that I was forced to create first my own miniature encyclopedia of information, gradually building up the picture from millions of tiny bits of information. Of course, when the book was finished, I was left with such a colossal repository of information that I have decided to bequeath it to all fans of Japanese rock across the world in the form of these ‘Artist A-Z’ and ‘Group Sounds A-Z’ sections. Hopefully, by employing these biographies as the bedrock, japrocksampler.com will eventually become an essential resource for all future Japanese music research.

JULIAN (September 2007CE)”


Flower Travellin’ Band 1971: (L-R) Hideki Ishema/guitar), Jun Kosugi/bass, George Wada/drums, Joe Yamanaka/vocals


Taj Mahal Travellers with leader Takehisa Kosugi on violin at far left


Far East Family Band c. 1974 deploy their entire arsenal for the cameras

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith. https://linktr.ee/jaywbabcock

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