The Stirrings of Angels -My Buck-Tick Story-
Published in 1990, Tenshi no Zawameki is a novelized account of music journalist Matsumoto Kiyori's experiences interviewing the young Buck-Tick. As a writer for the Japanese music magazine GB, Matusmoto Kiyori covered Buck-Tick's early years, from the time of their major label debut to the scandal of Imai's arrest for LSD possession in 1989, up through the band's grand reunion at the Tokyo Dome in 1990. Matsumoto is both a music journalist and an ardent Buck-Tick fan, and she tells the story of her acquaintance with the band through a series of vignettes based on interviews she conducted and concerts she attended. Rather than focusing on the content of her interviews, Matsumoto focuses on her private interactions with the band, and captures the atmosphere of the underground Japanese rock scene in the late 80's. Though Matsumoto often comes across as a naive, misty-eyed idealist who probably wouldn't be much fun to hang out with at a party, the book is a great read for a serious Buck-Tick fan. However, it's also all in Japanese, and I definitely don't have time to translate the whole thing for free, but I put up excerpts of some of the best bits for fun. If you're interested in seeing more, email me.
Excerpt I - Buck-Tick release Taboo
Matsumoto questions the band members about some questionable lyrics.
Excerpt 2 - Buck-Tick live at Shiodome PIT
Backstage at PIT, hair troubles abound, and Toll comes to the rescue.
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