Burning Shed has announced Cries And Whispers, the long-awaited follow-up to A Foreign Place (2015), the hugely successful biography of iconic British new wave innovators, Japan, by author Anthony Reynolds. It is being made available as a limited deluxe hardback first edition.
Detailing the fascinating musical adventures of David Sylvian, Richard Barbieri, Rob Dean, Steve Jansen and Mick Karn from the time following the band's split in December 1982 until 1991, the book takes in David Sylvian’s work for his first three solo albums, The Dolphin Brothers, Dali’s Car with Bauhaus vocalist Peter Murphy, the brilliant but ill-feted album they released under the name Rain Tree Crow, and more.
The book also explores David Sylvian’s collaborations with Holger Czukay and Ryuichi Sakamoto, the latter of which resulted in their epic 'Forbidden Colours', which featured on the soundtrack album of the hit film, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.
A Foreign Place was the first serious book on Japan. Both books include previously unpublished photographs, including many from the private archives of the band members themselves. Cries And Whispers also features a cover by renowned graphic designer Carl Glover, plus contributions from Bill Nelson, Johnny Marr, Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins/Bella Union), Ivo Watts-Russell (4AD Records), Bill Bruford (King Crimson), Martin Fry (ABC), Paul Morley (NME/ ZTT Records), Thomas Dolby and the late Colin Vearncombe (Black), among others.
“Is it shameful to be 40 something and still have a 'favourite band'? If so, colour me shamed. Japan are my favourite band and as a fan I wanted to write and publish books on them that would enrapture and delight the fan in me. I hope I've done so, matching Style with content and mystery with beauty” says author Anthony Reynolds. Apart from A Foreign Place and Cries And Whispers, Reynolds has published biographies on Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker and The Walker Brothers, and Jeff Buckley. He has also published two collections of poetry. To date, his books have been translated into 12 languages.