To 'A Foreign Place' is called 'Cries and Whispers' and deals with all the ex-members solo and collaborative works between 1983 and 1991. It features new insights and previously unpublished... Read more
BIG IN JAPAN
The Japanese edition of 'A Foreign Place' is now available in Japan via Shinko music.
It's currently at number on Japanese Amazon.
Very happy to say that 'A Foreign Place' will be published in Japan by Shinko music on June the 29th. This edition features additional articles from the Music Life archive... Read more
Softback edition and poster.
The softcover edition of the book can now be ordered as well as a LTD edition run of a poster.
Please go here for details :
Thanks for... Read more
Cries and Whispers
Today I begun work on the sequel to 'A foreign place'.
'Cries and whispers' will cover the years 1983-1991 and deal with all the music that Karn, Sylvian, Barbieri,... Read more
The Hardback sold out much quicker than anticipated.
We're currently considering future editions - Both Digital and Paperback.
The poster will also be available when Burning Shed kick back... Read more
Hello. I just returned from Burning Shed HQ where I spent two days signing books.
They are posted this week.
Thanks for all the support and vibes. (Marimbas)?
Enjoy.... Read more
A sketch of life in the books I read..
So.....the book comes back from the printers on September 24. It ships to you in the first week of October.
If you want to order another copy, please do so... Read more
New Interview with the author
Hello. The book is nearly ready to go.
IF YOU HAVE ORDERED THE HARDBACK with any additional rewards ; credit etc Then there's no need to do anything. Your copy... Read more
'Please release me.....'
Burning Shed- the company who are manufacturing and distributing the book- have told me they have a tentative release date for September.
'Well it's been a long time....'
We've just recieved a few last minute photo's that were far too special not to include. We'll be placing these in the book this week and then it's off... Read more
Hello. We've had some delays but I'm happy to say we're now almost done in placing images within the book. Once this is done- this week- I'll review a print... Read more
When will the book exist?
The book is completed. It's been edited. And is currently being proofed. When this is done it'll actually be manufactured and all orders sent out.
So, when Spring comes... Read more
It's all behind me now...(nearly)
Just to let you know I've just today completed the final Chapter. The book is being laid out and proofed from that and...before you know it I'll be working on... Read more
Hello. if you pledged for a signed copy etc then you will receive your book as soon as it's available.
Meanwhile you can now pre order the book from the... Read more
Hello. Only two Chapters to go now, both of which are over half way done. it's been a blast and I'll be sorry to see this project end. Please check... Read more
Further excerpt from Chapter 3. The Damned.
That January in San Francisco, the Sex Pistols imploded on stage at what was their last true show. This was surely the authentic end of punk although now that the... Read more
An excerpt from my recent chat with Obscure Alternatives engineer, Chris Tsangarides.
'Japan set me on fire. They saw me messing around with this pure alcohol that you used to clean the tape heads and you could pour it on the desk... Read more
Questions and answers.
Hi. I've been posting regular updates on the Foreign place Facebook group. Please join if you haven't. Its good. https://www.facebook.com/groups/210260612498750/ I'm well over the halfway mark of the book now.... Read more
Yesterday I did my final interviews with Punter and Nye. Two very different personalities but both masters of their craft and essential to Japan's development. The interviews were exhaustive and done... Read more
Oops. I meant 'unreleased' not 'Previously unreleased', obviously.
Head was still spinning.
Lost and found
A huge Thank you to Mr Barbieri who recently allowed me to hear a number of previously un released Japan songs/Demos/outtakes.
The experience was a waking dream and full details... Read more
Hello. Just a brief word to say that the book is going great.
I'm receiving wonderful in depth contributions from Messrs Jansen, Barbieri and Dean for which I'm deeply grateful.... Read more
A word from the Dean
'Japan were my first group, pretty much. I'd played with friends and at school and stuff. But I'd realised I wasn't band leader material. So I thought it better to... Read more
Angie Usher is probably best known to Japan fans for the feline backing vocal on Mick's 'Trust me'. But she was also a close friend of Mick and Rob. In... Read more
Hello. I'm having a lot of fun tracing and speaking to old Japan associates, many of whom are surprisingly forthcoming.
Lined up are in depth interrogations with Rob Dean, Richard... Read more
The cut and style you know so well....
The book's primary focus will be the music. but there will be the occasional 'lighter' side too.
Excerpt from interview with Alan Soh. (Business partner of Simon Napier bell and... Read more
Meeting Mr B
I'm late for my last interview of the day.
A biographer is totally at the mercy of his interviewees. However much they want to chop and change, you must accommodate... Read more
Gimme the leads...
INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED THIS LAST WEEK -
Angie Usher (friend of Mick's, 1980-83) and backing vocalist on 'Titles').
Simon Draper (Virgin A&R/Label owner and early champion of the band.
Mark Rydell... Read more
Just found - an old interview I did with the drummer from Dali's car, Peter Vincent Lawford.
This was conducted in 2004. I Plan to catch up with Peter again... Read more
Hello. Here are some titbits from my recent research. Please not that this is NOT indicative of the style of the book. These are just some choice quotes.
For an... Read more
An excerpt from an interview with Nick Huckle, friend of the boys and later roadie for Japan.
(Please not that this is not representative of the style of the book.... Read more
Just to let you know that I've had a good week in tracking down some old Japan associates. And I've had a lot of help from the good people at... Read more
..for the inspiring start.
Here's an interview I did with DS some years ago. It says as much about my love for Japan as it does of his state of... Read more