A Life Adrift: Soeda Azembo, Popular Song and Modern Mass Culture in Japan

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A Life Adrift, the memoir of balladeer-political activist Soeda Azembo (1872-1944), chronicles his life as one of Japan's first modern mass entertainers and imparts an understanding of how ordinary people experienced and accommodated the tumult of life in prewar Japan. Azembo created enka songs sung by tenant farmers in rural hinterlands and factory hands in Tokyo and Osaka. Although his work is still largely unknown outside Japan, his poems and lyrics were so well known at his career's peak that a single verse served as ...

A Life Adrift: Soeda Azembo, Popular Song and Modern Mass Culture in Japan 2010, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9780415592161

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