Over the last few years I’ve been becoming more and more fascinated by the strange world of J-Pop and J-Rock. Unfortunately without being able to read Japanese I’ve found it a frustratingly difficult area to start exploring as there’s a serious lack of decent books written in English on the subject. It seems totally bizarre to me that while there’s no end of books on the history of British and American rock music no one has yet written a comprehensive and accessible history of the worlds second largest music market, one which seems to have ever increasing cultural influence.
The closest thing we have so far is Japrocksampler by Julian Cope. It’s an enjoyable read but one I feel I’m only able to recommend it with a lot of caveats.