the observer Sun 02 November 2008
Thirteen years after Krautrocksampler, Julian Cope's landmark guide to the intricacies of German post-psychedelic rock, the former Teardrop Explodes frontman has returned with a similarly exhaustive and enthusiastic volume about postwar Japanese rock. Japrocksampler begins in scholarly fashion, with 19th-century military history, but one senses that despite his intense interest in the subject, Cope is padding out his material because there were simply not enough bands in the movement with which he is concerned. Overall it's hard going, particularly if one is not as well acquainted as the author with many of the bands. Though fans will no doubt relish the jaunt through the Archdrude's mind, less committed readers may be put off by his tendency to pomposity, repetition and leaden pace.