RIP 忌野清志郎

Just found out that Imawano Kiyoshiro has just died of cancer at age 56. For anyone who knows him, nothing more needs to be said – Japan just lost a lot of rock ‘n’ roll.

For those who didn’t know him, he was basically Mick Jagger and Keith Richards rolled into one, a guitar playing front man with a wild streak, although he was apparently also painfully shy offstage. He cycled to his shows on tour (yes, that means he would cycle from Tokyo to Osaka) and wrote a celebrated children’s storybook about the environment. Here’s a live version of one of his most famous songs:

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