08. A History of Japanese Rock Festivals and Live Music Venues

 JUN’ICHI NAGAI


 

1. Nobuyasu Okabayashi, “Watshitachi-no Nozomumono-wa” (What We Crave For) 

From: Dakara Kokoni-kita (That’s Why We Came Here), a documentary of  “’70 All Japan Folk Jamboree”. Pony Canyon, PCBP-11993, 2010, DVD.

 

Nobuyasu Okabayashi: vocals, guitar; Haruomi Hosono: bass guitar; Takashi Matsumoto: drums; Eiichi Ōtakai: guitar, Shigeru Suzuki: guitar.

 

Lyrics

 

The contents of this song sung by Okabayashi were regarded as representing this outdoor concert as a whole. Okabayashi, aged twenty-four, was established as a “contemporary folk” singer-songwriter. The recording of his appearance in this Folk Jamboree was released in 1979 as Okabayashi Nobuyasu Live: Nakatsugawa Folk Jamboree, and is now available as Fuji, ONL-1011, 2013, CD.


 

 2. Hi-Standard, “My Heart Feels So Free”

From: Air Jam 2000, Pizza of Death Records. PZVA-1, 2000, VHS.

 

Akihiro Nanba: lead vocals, bass guitar; Ken Yokoyama: guitar, backing vocals; Akira Tsuneoka: drums.

 

Lyrics

 

Hi-Standard, a punk-rock band active in the late 1990s, drew many audiences when they performed live. The recording of this song performed at “Air Jam,” an event hosted by Hi-Standard in 1998, is available in Making the Road, Pizza of Death Records, PZCA-1, 1999, CD.


 

 3. The way to Loft in Shinjuku

One of 54 “livehousemap”.

 

A member of Cosmic Airplane: guidance.

 

 

The way to Loft, a live spot in Shinjuku, is guided by a female member of Cosmic Airplane from the East exit of the JR Shinjuku Station to the destination, in 2009.


 

4.  Fuji Rock Festival

Official promotional film of Fuji Rock Festival in late July, 2012.

 

 

Fuji Rock Festival, the largest popular-music festival in Japan, is annually held in Naeba Skiing Area, Yuzawa, Niigata since 1999, after it was held in a different place in 1997 and 1998. More than two hundred domestic and international groups make their appearance on different stages in this festival, which is modeled after the festival in Glastonbury in England.