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Stomu Yamash'ta Percussion prodigy Stomu Yamashita in 1971
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Masahiko Satoh Masahiko Satoh in 1971, with the German jazz composer Wolfgang Dauner, whose Stockhausen-informed experiments so influenced the Japanese jazz scene
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Taj Mahal Travellers Taj Mahal Travellers with leader Takehisa Kosugi on violin at far left
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Speed, Glue & Shinki Speed, Glue & Shinki on stage: (L-R) Louis Louis Kabe, Joey Smith, Shinki Chen
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Flower Travellin' Band Flower Travellin’ Band 1971: (L-R) Hideki Ishima/guitar), Jun Kosugi/bass, George Wada/drums, Joe Yamanaka/vocals
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Brain Police (Zunou Keisatsu) The debut LP by Brain Police (pictured) was immediately banned for its political sentiments and use of an infamous bank robber as its cover star
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Murahatchibu - Image
Murahatchibu Murahatchibu with leaders Chahbo (bottom left) and Fujio (bottom right) shockingly blacked up in homage to his hero Chuck Berry.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
HAIR - Image
HAIR It was the drug bust during HAIR that precipitated so much great music in the next years, as cast members were thereafter forced to ‘get it together’. Pictured far right in the centre is future Far East Family Band leader Fumio Miyashita.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
The Tempters - Image
The Tempters The Tempters managed to straddle the credibility divide between real pop music and the pap peddled by The Jaguars and The Tigers
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
The Golden Cups The Golden Cups were too malleable to remain untarnished by the Group Sounds system, yet too wayward to reach the singular heights achieved by The Mops. Glue-sniffing bass player Louis Louis Kabe (far left) later became the ‘Glue’ of Speed Glue & Shinki
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007