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Kazuki Tomokawa

Try Saying You're Alive! (Book)

Label: Blank Forms

Format: Book

Genre: Sound Art

Preorder: To be released in late June 2021


A memoir by Kawasaki-based writer and musician Kazuki Tomokawa (b. 1950), Try Saying You're Alive! offers a semi-fictionalized account of the vibrant Tokyo underground that he has been at the center of since the 1970s. Recounting sixty years in the life of this "screaming philosopher." Try Saying You're Alive! traces Tomokawa's beginnings in the Akita Prefecture as a "runaway toddler," his adolescent basketball career, and his wanderings as a day laborer, gambler, painter, actor, drinker, and avant-garde folk guitarist.

Anecdotes of figures such as novelist Kenji Nakagami, poet Shuji Terayama, actor Tôru Yuri, directors Takashi Miike and Nagisa Ōshima, and musicians Ryudo Uzaki and Kan Mikami animate this impassioned memoir by a legendary musician. This is the first English translation of Tomokawa’s writing and it coincides with Blank Forms’ reissue of his first three records: Finally, His First Album (1975), Straight from the Throat (1976), and A String of Paper Cranes Clenched Between My Teeth (1977).

Cat. number: 978-1-953691-03-3
Year: 2021

paperback, 5.5 x 7.75 in. / 256 pages.

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