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The Japanese retro record crisis

Possible proof that we have passed Peak Retro: Japanese Collectors Face a Record Shortage of Obscure Music:
Consider the prize item in Japanese collector Takeshi "Ima-T" Imaizumi's cache: a promotional copy of the 1986 Rolling Stones record "Dirty Work," considered by guitarist Keith Richards the band's low point. The collector says he paid only $8 for it. "This is very hard to find," he says.
There are historical reasons why the Japanese in particular could be counted on to seek out obscurities ignored in the West:
The Japanese fascination with America's musical flotsam is a legacy of Japan's music business, which for years promoted U.S. and European rock bands that never took off or were declining in their own countries—a strategy aimed at avoiding competition with the U.S. music industry. That prompted fan cultures to sprout up around maligned American genres like 1980s pop-metal.

There are 1 comments on "The Japanese retro record crisis":

Posted by: Alexander Tue Oct 9 10:23:31 2012

Hello, acb. I don't know if you remember me but I had a stupid blog called "The English Manager" and used to come here a lot and be annoying. Sorry about that. I came here to unashamedly plug my compilation of The Syndicate of Super Heroes, which is available on and the European Amazons. Also, here's a promotional video:

Your feedback for the Syndicate all those years ago was nice to have, so thanks for that, and I hope you won't mind this cheeky self-promotion in your comment ox.

All the best.

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