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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.
The first publishing venture for Burning Shed, A Foreign Place was originally presented as a deluxe hardback edition designed by Carl Glover and sold out within two months.
This edition is 212 pages long, 210 x 210mm square and contains approximately 260 pictures, many unseen before the deluxe edition was published.
The softback cover image has been provided by the legendary Fin Costello (and is taken from the Tin Drum photo sessions).
This is the big book the defiant dons of delicacy deserve. - Prog magazine
Dimensions - 210 x 210mm square.
Softback book with the Japan logo highlighted with a spot varnish
Contains approximately 260 pictures, many unseen before.
Chapter 1: Back In The Beginning
Chapter 2: Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Chapter 3: Mastering Obscure Alternatives
Chapter 4: Alphaville
Chapter 5: 1980
Chapter 6: 1980 2
Chapter 7: Art And Parties
Chapter 8: The Tin Drum
Chapter 9: Burning Bridges
Chapter 10: Voices Raised In Welcome
Afterword - 'Who would have dreamed of love never ending?'