The Japanese Beatles

Yellow Magic Orchestra are the most popular pop band in the history of Japan. Their uniquely Japanese and very electronic influence on modern music can be heard all over the world, as their fame seems to grow every passing year, even though they are no longer a recording outfit. I was lucky enough to catch them in a rare live performance at the “Big In Japan” festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011. I’ve also included the press image for the event, (a special treat in it’s own right) created by Tadanori Yokoo, a close friend and collaborator of YMO founder Haroumi Hosono. He was also one of the masters of the psychedelic poster era, and a huge influence of mine.Haroumi Hosono

Haroumi Hosono

Old Ryuichi

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Yukihiro Takahashi

Yukihiro Takahashi

 

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“Big In Japan” art by Tadanori Yokoo

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