I've been a fan of Japan and all the solo work that entails, since I was a teenager. (See Photo)!
I'm as obsessed with the music today as I was back in the 80's. (The internet has no doubt helped).
I've had three biographies published so far. (See 'about me'). I have already interviewed Sylvian, Karn, Dean and Barbieri for my website and for an article on the seminal 'Polaroids' album. If I could afford to, I'd write this book for fun. But part of how I make my living is by writing biographies.
I've run the idea of writing a Japan biography past my agent and several publishers but for commercial reasons, they are not interested.
I think it's plain wrong that there is no decent, well researched and comprehensive book available on this unique, magical group. I sorely want to read one. And so do you. For us to do so, I'll write the darned thing.
And will Love doing so.
The period covered will be between 1974 and 1984. Obviously, Japan split in 1982 but I feel it was only from '84 onwards that the Ex-members began to truly leave Japan behind. The epilogue will deal with Rain Tree Crow.
I plan to use a custom book binders in Brighton that I once used for the artwork for one of my albums. I want the book to be a beautiful object in itself. It will also be illustrated, as much as budget allows. To help with this I will be asking for rare and candid pictures taken of the group by friends and fans. Hopefully most of these will be rarely seen.
Risks and challenges
I'm well experienced in research and writing. And my focus will be on the work - not so much the personal lives of my subjects. This often allows old friends and colleagues to open up more. The biggest challenge will be affording to travel.
Ideally I'd like to travel to a few foreign places (no Pun) and if I have to fund this myself, I shall.
I'm also eager to start this because many of those associated with Japan, particularly producers and engineers etc...Like all of us, are not getting any younger. I need to interview these people as soon as possible.
£5000 is less than a quarter of what I would expect to receive as an advance for a more commercial book with a publisher. This minimum will allow me to devote enough time to researching a story I already know by heart. If the Pledge amount exceeds this, then this means more travel, more interviews and more photos.
Also, at this point, I would rather write a book about Japan for 5k than I would a book about Josh Groban for 25K. (Sorry, ma).
- (40 days)