Hi Steve :-) someone (SNB) is thretening to write a book about you Japan. Does anyone have the possibility to publish a book about you Japan? We have ’74-’84 A Foreign Place by Anthony Reynolds, a Japan biography which I’m veeery happy of (I guess he will soon publish a new one covering following years up to Rain Tree Crow) Wish you and your Mates the Best Marta

SNB writing a book about JAPAN would be SNB writing a book about SNB. The only thing I’d like to read from SNB would be his bank statements covering years 1979~1983 but I suspect he feels that would be too much of an invasion into his private affairs, despite never being shy of spouting rubbish about others.

I contributed to Anthony’s book because his stance on digging below the surface of the true dynamics within the band and how the work was achieved had never been approached before and it seemed like a good idea to help shed some light on that. I genuinely feel it’s informative in that sense. No one else is going to write such a comprehensive, unbiased portrayal incorporating such a wide variety of meaningful sources, I don’t think. I decided not to contribute to the follow up mainly because post JAPAN involved too many personal struggles and the fact that I was involved in everyone’s work might’ve resulted in me having too big a voice in it whilst not actually having half as much output artistically due to problems with lack of support from both label and management at the time. I also had no desire to discuss other people’s various solo projects let alone any aspects of their personal lives post JAPAN. I trust Anthony has managed to do a good job regardless.

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  1. Oh my goodness. I had seen that “A Foreign Place” was going to be published a few years ago and reading about it reminded me that I need to buy a copy [or two – it’s he perfect gift for most people I know] before it’s OOP in the paperback edition. I’m pleased to know your reasons for contributing to that book [and also not the followup] since your reasons sound valid and it speaks highly of Mr. Reynolds’ results.

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  2. Steve, did you see David’s reaction? ‘Not really ever really seen David talk in dept about that period. He seemed a bit ‘pissed’. Tipical ‘nice’ responce from Bell yet forgetting to defend the real issues David took him to task for.

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  3. Oooooh really loving your comment about SNB after this man posted some crap about Japan on his FB just the other day! Vicious ppl like him bringing up 30+ year old sh*t just to draw attention to their miserable selves at other ppls cost talking about things that only the ones involved are entitled to know about. How I hate that and you must be more than sick and tired of it! Good you speak up though. The way he acts actually says everything about him anyway and nothing about the ppl he tries to talk down!

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