WAJIMA YUSUKE - "CREATING ENKA: THE SOUL OF JAPAN IN THE POSTWAR ERA" BOOK
PUBLIC BATH PRESS:
This is the prize-winning history of the music known as Enka, one of the dominant forms of postwar popular music, that rearranged everyone's understanding of the history of postwar pop. Love it or hate it, Enka is a necessary background for anyone hoping to understand the music of Japan. With a new introduction by the author and full color printing (unlike the Japanese original), this is a must-have for your collection.
Wajima Yusuke's history of the Japanese popular music that is almost universally considered to be traditional but that is not. A great history not just of the music, but also of the political and social climate of the postwar era, especially the 1950s and 1960s.
Highly recommended. When this book first appeared, a few years ago, it was considered a radical rehistoricizing of something thought to be common sense. Common sense has since realigned itself along Wajima's lines.
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