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How Music and Musicians Communicate the Antinuclear Protest Message in Post-Fukushima Japan
Noriko Manabe, Princeton University

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Book) [show prizes]
Title: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima
Author: Noriko Manabe
Abstract: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima shows that music played a central role in expressing antinuclear sentiments and mobilizing political resistance in Japan. Combining musical analysis with ethnographic participation, author Noriko Manabe offers an innovative typology of the spaces central to the performance of protest music--cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals, and recordings. She argues that these four spaces encourage different modes of participation and methods of political messaging. The openness, mobile accessibility, and potential anonymity of cyberspace have allowed musicians to directly challenge the ethos of silence that permeated Japanese culture post-Fukushima. Moving from cyberspace to real space, Manabe shows how the performance and reception of music played at public demonstrations are shaped by the urban geographies of Japanese cities. While short on open public space, urban centers in Japan offer protesters a wide range of governmental and commercial spaces in which to demonstrate, with activist musicians tailoring their performances to the particular landscapes and soundscapes of each. Music festivals are a space apart from everyday life, encouraging musicians and audience members to freely engage in political expression through informative and immersive performances. Conversely, Japanese record companies and producers discourage major-label musicians from expressing political views in recordings, forcing antinuclear musicians to express dissent indirectly: through allegories, metaphors, and metonyms. The first book on Japan's antinuclear music, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised provides a compelling new perspective on the role of music in political movements.
Year: 2015
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Primary URL Description: Publisher website
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Secondary URL Description: Oxford Scholarship Online website
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780199334698
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes