Monday, May 14, 2012

Tokyo Mods Graffiti 1981>2005

Tokyo Mods Graffiti 1981>2005
Review By Leonardo Flores

While looking for books to build up my Japanese 1960’s library, I came across Tokyo Mods Graffiti 1981>2005. Published by Poizun Editors in June 2005, this 128pg book follows the inception and growth of the Tokyo Mod scene from its early days up to when the book was published.

The Japanese Mod scene has always fascinated me like no other Mod scene in the world. Having been to both Nagoya and Tokyo Mods Mayday, I can say I am forever hooked on the Mods and Modets of Nihon.

The book is split into four different sections, with chapter one devoted to Japanese clothing shops that specialize in mod clothing with some of their wares beautifully displayed. 

 The next seven chapters are split into eras such as “Early 1980’s”, “Mid 1980’s” up to the “Late 90’s”. This by far is the bulk and the heart and soul of Tokyo Mods Graffiti with hundreds of color and black and white photographs of scooters, music groups, dancers, modets, faces and Tokyo mod legions representing their respected eras. 

Vintage flyers of Tokyo Mods are next represented in full color with club names such as The Organ Bar, Ink Stick Shibaura, Gangstage, but most of the events taking place at Club Citta.

Lastly two interviews close out the book, both conducted by DJ and record producer Manabu Kuoda. The interviewees are Producer/DJ and Le Hair group member Ai Satteaux and soul guitarists and The Wack Wack Rhythm Band member Hiroshi Yamashita whom both gentlemen are early movers in the Tokyo Mod scene and still contribute greatly to the Tokyo music scene.
Measuring 8inch by 6inchs Tokyo Mods Graffiti is not very big book but when it comes to content all 128 pages are well used and serve as a great window to the Japanese Tokyo Mod scene. A highly recommended book for the Mod library.

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