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2021 expanded softback edition of A Foreign Place, Anthony Reynolds' critically acclaimed and comprehensive biography of the influential band Japan.
The fourth print run of this essential book contains an additional chapter titled 'Assemblage 81–82’ with extra photographs on top of the approximately 260 pictures (many unseen before the deluxe edition was published).
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 second and third printing of the softback edition were 212 pages long, 210 x 210mm square and contained 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