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Shonen Knife

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...As a Japanese all-girl alternative rock band, Shonen Knife is known for its pop aesthetics and positive lyrics that contrast with its distinctive underground rock sound. Shonen Knife was formed in 1981 in Osaka, Japan, by sisters Naoko...

Shonen Knife’s Happy Hour: Food, Gender, Rock and Roll

Brooke McCorkle Okazaki

Brooke McCorkle Okazaki is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Vermont, USA. In addition to her work on Japanese popular music, she co-authored the book Japan's Green Monsters: Environmental Commentary in Kaiju Cinema (2018), in which she and Sean Rhoads explore the various ways Japanese monster movies address contemporary ecological concerns. Brooke has also presented and published internationally on the topics of film music and opera. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

33 1/3 Books

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...Shonen Knife--an all-female punk trio from Osaka, Japan--has cultivated a global fan base that has included the likes of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. The 1998 album Happy Hour encapsulates the band’s allure via...