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Try Saying You’re Alive!: Kazuki Tomokawa in His Own Words

By Kazuki Tomokawa. Translated with introduction by Daniel Joseph. Introduction by Damon Krukowski.

A vivid account of life on the margins and Tokyo’s 1970s underground culture from a Japanese folk legend

Tokyo in the 1970s was a magnet for young musicians, poets and painters. Among them was Kazuki Tomokawa, a prolific singer-songwriter from Japan’s northern provinces, whose guttural vocals and incisive lyrics earned him the unofficial title of “screaming philosopher.”
The stories in this memoir—originally published in 2015 in Japan and now appearing as the first English translation of Tomokawa’s writing—are told with a rambler’s wit and wisdom, bringing together his memorable reflections on six decades of day labor, drinking, gambling, acting, singing and writing. Figures such as Kan Mikami, Nobuyoshi Araki and Sh?ji Terayama drift through this down-and-out vagabond’s memoir, which observes the turbulence of postwar countercultures and the explosion of Tokyo’s underground film and music scenes.
Also available from Blank Forms Editions are Kazuki Tomokawa’s first three records: Finally, His First Album (1975), Straight From the Throat (1976) and A String of Paper Cranes Clenched Between My Teeth (1977).
Kazuki Tomokawa (born 1950) is a prolific singer-songwriter from Hachiry? Village (now the town of Mitane) in the Akita Prefecture area of northern Japan. Since his debut in 1974, he has released more than 30 albums. He is additionally known as a poet, painter, keirin enthusiast and inimitable drinker. The 2010 documentary about his life, La Faute des Fleurs, won the Sound & Vision award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, and that same year saw the Japanese release of the book Dreams Die Vigorously Day by Day, a collection of his lyrics spanning 40 years. His most recent albums are Vengeance Bourbon (2014) and Gleaming Crayon (2016), both on the Modest Launch label.
Damon Krukowski is a musician and writer based in Cambridge, MA. His most recent book is Ways of Hearing (MIT Press, 2019) and his latest album is Damon & Naomi’s A Sky Record (20|20|20, 2021).
Daniel Joseph is a translator, editor and musician. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in medieval Japanese literature, and recently contributed translations to Terminal Boredom (Verso, 2021), a collection of stories by science fiction pioneer Izumi Suzuki.


Try Saying You’re Alive!: Kazuki Tomokawa in His Own Words

STATUS: Forthcoming | 11/16/2021

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The Beatles in Comic Strips

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By Enzo Gentile, Fabio Schiavo.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857208114
USD $39.95
| CAN $50

Pub Date: 8/21/2012
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Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White

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Introductions by Ross Halfin, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, Robert Trujillo.

REEL ART PRESS

ISBN: 9781909526761
USD $49.95
| CAN $64.95

Pub Date: 10/19/2021
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Transmissions from the Pleroma

TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE PLEROMA

Edited by Lawrence Kumpf, Tyler Maxin. Text by Karen Finley, Shelley Hirsch, George E. Lewis, Gordon Monahan, Kris Paulsen, David Rosenbloom.

BLANK FORMS EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781953691057
USD $20.00
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Pub Date: 12/7/2021
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Try Saying You’re Alive!: Kazuki Tomokawa in His Own Words

TRY SAYING YOU’RE ALIVE!: KAZUKI TOMOKAWA IN HIS OWN WORDS

By Kazuki Tomokawa. Translated with introduction by Daniel Joseph. Introduction by Damon Krukowski.

BLANK FORMS EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781953691033
USD $20.00
| CAN $27

Pub Date: 11/16/2021
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The Threepenny Opera: Making Of

THE THREEPENNY OPERA: MAKING OF

Text by Marion Brasch, Juri Sternburg. Photographs by Jörg Brüggemann.

SPECTOR BOOKS

ISBN: 9783959054669
USD $35.00
| CAN $47

Pub Date: 1/18/2022
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Nik Bärtsch: Listening

NIK BäRTSCH: LISTENING

By Nik Bärtsch, Andrea Pfisterer-Bärtsch.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037786703
USD $45.00
| CAN $61

Pub Date: 8/31/2021
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The Threepenny Opera: Making Of

THE THREEPENNY OPERA: MAKING OF

Text by Marion Brasch, Juri Sternburg. Photographs by Jörg Brüggemann.

SPECTOR BOOKS

ISBN: 9783959054669
USD $35.00
| CAN $47

Pub Date: 1/18/2022
Forthcoming


Nik Bärtsch: Listening

NIK BäRTSCH: LISTENING

By Nik Bärtsch, Andrea Pfisterer-Bärtsch.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037786703
USD $45.00
| CAN $61

Pub Date: 8/31/2021
Active | In stock


Transmissions from the Pleroma

TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE PLEROMA

Edited by Lawrence Kumpf, Tyler Maxin. Text by Karen Finley, Shelley Hirsch, George E. Lewis, Gordon Monahan, Kris Paulsen, David Rosenbloom.

BLANK FORMS EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781953691057
USD $20.00
| CAN $27

Pub Date: 12/7/2021
Forthcoming


Try Saying You’re Alive!: Kazuki Tomokawa in His Own Words

TRY SAYING YOU’RE ALIVE!: KAZUKI TOMOKAWA IN HIS OWN WORDS

By Kazuki Tomokawa. Translated with introduction by Daniel Joseph. Introduction by Damon Krukowski.

BLANK FORMS EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781953691033
USD $20.00
| CAN $27

Pub Date: 11/16/2021
Forthcoming


Led Zeppelin Vinyl

LED ZEPPELIN VINYL

By Ross Halfin.

REEL ART PRESS

ISBN: 9781909526808
USD $59.95
| CAN $83.95

Pub Date: 8/10/2021
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Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal

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Introduction by Mark Christman. Text by Jake Nussbaum, Melvin Gibbs, John Corbett, Carlo Ventura, Milford Graves, Blake Bradford.

INVENTORY PRESS/ARS NOVA WORKSHOP

ISBN: 9781941753378
USD $45.00
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Pub Date: 2/15/2022
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