The growth of anime and new radio stations has spurred fan interest in
Japanese music. Unlike its sweet-confection sister J-pop, Jrock is edgy,
all about talent, and filled with dazzling musicality. This book introduces 40 of the hottest names in Jrock with histories, musical pedigrees, critiques, and up-to-date discographies, all in a stunning full-color package highlighted by original art. Among the more familiar artists
featured are Shonen Knife, B`z, Love Psychedelico, L`Arc~en~Ciel, and Gackt plus Japan favorites like X Japan, Glay, and Luna Sea. Many of these bands have toured and released CDs in North America, and are known for their work on anime and movie soundtracks.
The author, Josephine Yun lives in Baltimore and is an editor for jrockonline.com. She has covered classical music and jpop for City Paper, Baltimore's alternative weekly. Yun wrote the official English biography for the band X Japan, and now presents panels at large anime conventions.