Designs That Defined Modern Japan: The Personal Stereo (Walkman)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I attended an excellent webinar on the topic ‘Designs That Defined Modern Japan’ by Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and the audience were set the challenge of coming with their own list of 8 Designs That Defined Modern Japan. I have already done four posts (these are not in any…

Concorde – Too Perfect?

I have been doing a number of posts recently about my favourite shinkansen and designs that defined modern Japan, and these, together with a podcast that I was interviewed on and which will soon be released, have inspired me to do a different, but connected, post. In this post I want to discuss Concorde. I…

‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan’

How many times has the headline ‘Big in Japan’ been published in relation to some Western (i.e., North American or European) pop act? The reality is that, as an article by Guy De Launey’s in 1995 (‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’, Popular Music, 40:1) pointed out, very few Western acts,…

Presentation – ‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan’

How many times has the headline ‘Big in Japan’ been published in relation to some Western (i.e., North American or European) pop act? The reality is that, as an article by Guy De Launey’s in 1995 (‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’, Popular Music, 40:1) pointed out, very few Western acts,…

1980s Japanese Pop Magazines – First Impressions

As I discussed in a previous post – British/European/American Music in Japan – I am conducting some research about ‘Western’ music in Japan. This research began as I am working on a book related to Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Japan was one of the few countries outside of Europe that they toured. Japanese versions of…

Supporting the Cincinnati Bengals (from the UK)

Other than a post about my sporting hobbies and writing, I haven’t really written much about my support of particular sports teams. As a break from my usual posts, I thought I would do some posts on this subject now – although, as you will discover (and as I mentioned in the post on writing…

Nostalgia and Computer Games

Growing up in the 1980s, I was amongst the first generation that had some form of computer games to play with. I had a ZX Spectrum and used to spend many hours on it when I was at home – and even more when I got my own TV (albeit a black and white one)….

Rocket Player – (Was) The Best Music Player on Android

A bit of a different post today. Rather than discussing my academic work or novels, I’m writing about an app that I use. The app in question is called Rocket Player and it is, in my view, the best music app out there (and I’ve tried a few). To understand why I like it so…

Book Review: “A Bone in My Flute” by Holly Johnson

Despite being a fan of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, I didn’t come across this book until nearly 20 years after it was published (the lack of promotion for Holly’s works is a theme that comes up more than once in the book itself). I have recently re-read to help with writing my book Frankie Fans…

“FOUR” and its Swedish Links

In my third novel, FOUR, there are some Swedish links – this post says a bit more about this. If you look through the chapter listing you will see that one of the chapter titles is ‘Jag Älskar’. This, strictly speaking means ‘I love’ and is the title of a track on Bag of Trix…

Book Review: “Is That The 12″ Remix?” by Rob Grillo

While reading Sweet Dreams someone suggested that I also take a look at Is That The 12″ Remix? by Rob Grillo and so I added it to my reading list, hoping that it would be useful for me writing my book, Frankie Fans Say, about Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their fans. It was a…

Book Review: “Sweet Dreams” by Dylan Jones

I came across mention of this book in a Facebook group for Frankie Goes To Hollywood fans. Thinking it could be useful for writing my book, Frankie Fans Say, about Frankie and their fans, as well as interesting in itself, I got hold of a copy. The first thing that struck me was the size….