After the in-depth conversation with Ian Martin on his thoughts on running a music label in Japan and the music culture there, his publisher Awai Books has kindly offered us a copy of his book for one lucky reader. Quit Your Band! Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground by Ian is a fantastic book for anyone interested in the industry and what happens behind the scenes:
From the sugar rush of Tokyo’s idol subculture to the discordant polyrhythms of its experimental punk and indie scenes, this book by Japan Times music columnist Ian F. Martin offers a witty and tender look at the wide spectrum of issues that shape Japanese music today. With unique theories about the evolution of J-pop as well as its history, infrastructure and (sub)cultures, Martin deconstructs an industry that operates very differently from counterparts overseas. Based partly on interviews with influential artists, label owners and event organisers, Martin’s book combines personal anecdotes with cultural criticism and music history. An accessible and humorous account emerges of why some creative acts manage to overcome institutional pressures, without quitting their bands.
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The giveaway is open worldwide, and make sure to read our Terms & Conditions which are applied to this giveaway. Deadline is September 1, 2018, 00:00 GMT. If you can’t wait, feel free to purchase his book on Amazon and Awai Books!