Kato, David Hopkins - Rumors of Noizu: Hijokaidan and the Road to 2nd Damascus

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David Hopkins Kato.
Rumors of Noizu: Hijokaidan and the Road to 2nd Damascus.

Nara, Japan: Public Bath Press, 2020.
220 pages.
5 12/16 x 8 4/16".

"Many critics have discussed the genre of noizu
as a strange subculture arising in a strange place, Japan.
In this book, Noizu is discussed as a natural
organic expression arising in a country full of experimental culture.
Tracing the earliest stirrings of noizu in various places,
this micro-history, based on extensive interviews
with participants and witnesses, will provide context
to make sense of something that intentionally
has no meaning." - Public Bath Press

Japanese noise music, historically heralded as
the most radical (if not EXTREME) community of
unbridled sound exploration, has always been steeped
in a web of mystery per its lineage and location in
both Japanese and arts culture.
David Hopkins delivers a welcome
psycho-geographic roadmap to the idiosyncrasies
of this perverse and marginalized genre of wild fascination,
where such infamous outliers as Hijokaidan, Merzbow, Hanatarash,
and beyond exchange wholly unapologetic expressions of repression
in conflict with liberation, and fetishism at play with obliteration.
This is where it starts.
The noizu story continues, read, and listen (if you dare!)
- Thurston Moore.