JAPAN AND SELF EXISTENCE
Paperback, 388 Pages
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This book allows us into the life of Mick Karn; inside his thoughts and motivations to create, his will to sculpt and survive, and what experiences have brought him thus far.
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Feb 5, 2015It's hard to 'review' a book like Mick's in the wake of his tragic passing. It has taken on a Biblical status to some degree within his fan base but it would be wrong to take this book as the last will and testament from Mick Karn. As the cover note says, 'thus far' - this was a halfway look back before heading into part two. Sadly this will never be lived or written, Mick was taken just as he had moved from the past to the present; Mick's final album is a clear and joyful indication of what was to come, his sculpture even more vivid and brilliant than ever, he was on the brink of another burst of creativity like that in his early twenties only this time with the wisdom and practise which had come with time. Mick's first book would not have been his last. It was written for many reasons and all of them necessary in a very real sense. It is a warm, funny, honest read which feels very much like he's speaking only to you. After a while you realise the frank narrative belies the trails of... More > breadcrumbs and hidden meanings. Has anyone fully read into it? It's as interesting to see what others make of it as it is to interpret it yourself. To my mind it's one of the most misunderstood books of all time. Whether the code is ever cracked may depend on those close to him confirming others' attempts at deciphering - it is a book that can be taken literally and this is no doubt it's ultimate undoing. It's odd that it has not so far been widely read, something he may have found disheartening. I believe Japan fans fear the worst, they dread hearing things they would prefer left unsaid but that it the biggest and saddest misconception of all. It's a book of love and deserves to be read in that spirit.< Less
Jul 22, 2013Eschewing a traditional linear account in favour of a clever postmodern looping narrative, Mick signposts his chapters with epigraphs that evidence his extensive wider reading. His unpretentious writing style makes his polymathic genius all the more accessible whilst his human frailties, which include being naively exploitable, create a sympathetic and very attractive story teller. You will laugh. You will cry. You will get angry. One of the best (pop) autobiographies ever written and something of an addictive bible to those who have already been seduced by its pages.
Jul 22, 2013I can only imagine what the next book would have been like, and I can't get enough of this one. Thank you Mick. Love.
Jul 21, 2013Mick Karn is a musical hero of mine, so when i bought this book on the day of publication, i read it non stop in one sitting And i go back to it again and again. Heartbreakingly honest. A sometimes harsh upbringing, his sensitivity to his environment seems to burden him for the rest of his all too short life. His self deprecation, a quality in most, is his biggest flaw. He just didnt seem to understand how exceptionally talented he really was. This lack of confidence seems to be a constant chain, holding him back from pushing himself forward. He would disagree, but his achievments in the world of art are many-fold, music being the most obvious. But for all his original talents, to read with great sadness, his constant battles to stay financially afloat, was perhaps this readers great sadness too. Thats not to say the book is a totally miserable experience .... far from it. Theres much humour, many laughs along the way, and also stories of the making of some of the most beautiful... More > pieces of pop music that this man helped to shape and create. KEEP KARN AND BUY THIS BOOK xxxxx< Less
Jul 21, 2013I am probably one of the youngest people to read Mick Karn's book as I am 11. My family have bought copies for friends and there is always one in the house so I picked it up. I think what made me read it was the opening parts, Mick is so honest about being a kid and I find it useful to help me with things I am going through.It's very funny in places but also moving. I will understand it more when I am older but for now I will say I am grateful he shared with me.
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- Standard Copyright License
- MK Music
- October 5, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.48 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 7.5 wide x 7.5 tall
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