Sunday, July 5, 2015

Japan's Rockabilly Dance Clubs

Even before the Internet was born, rock music was making its way overseas and dominating the charts–and Japan was no exception. The Western Carnival, which also featured country western music, was a revelation for the youth of Japan. The carnival, which roughly followed rockabilly’s original rise and fall, lasted for nearly 20 years, with its first show in 1958 and its final 56th show in 1977.

Just as it would be hard to imagine the genesis of hip-hop without breakdancing, it’s impossible to ignore the surprisingly acrobatic and enthusiastic dancing that has evolved in the Japanese rockabilly scene".  Equal parts impressive and silly, you could almost mistake it for a rock and roll take on capoeira.

All text lifted from "A brief history of Japanese Rockabilly" ->  Full article

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