In the summer of 2009, Jack Dempsey took his band, Crystal Buddha, to Tokyo, Japan to record an album and play some gigs. The trip was supposed to have been the start of big things for the four London rockers. The kids in Tokyo loved British bands and he was sure that Crystal Buddha would win them over.
What Jack hadn’t bargained on was attracting the attention of some of Tokyo’s criminal element. However, before long, he’d discovered just how persistent these underworld operators could be when there was something they wanted.
The incidents that followed would take Jack from the streets of Shibuya to Shinjuku’s notorious Kabukicho district as they threatened not only the the future of Crystal Buddha and the album, but also the safety of the band members themselves.
If you like Tokyo, Japan, Japanese culture, music, martial arts, or just a damn good story, then you’ll like CRYSTAL BUDDHA: Sake, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll in Tokyo. Pick yourself up a copy today and rock your life.
“Tells it how it really happened” – Jack Dempsey – Crystal Buddha
“A good lesson for all bands” – Yoyogi Park Rangers
“Crystal Buddha rock!” – Shinji Ibuka
“Have you seen my rucksack?” – Kari Lacey – Crystal Buddha
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From the Author, Jason Webb
CRYSTAL BUDDHA: Sake, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll in Tokyo is a combination of two of my favourite things: music and Japan. The story of a naive London rock band’s trip to Tokyo, Japan to record an album and play a series of gigs was one that captivated me.
Tokyo has a fabulous live music scene around Shibuya, but also has a darker side in Shinjuku’s notorious “adult entertainment” district of Kabukicho. This contrast of locations gives an interesting edge to the story of Crystal Buddha, and I hope that it’ll strike a chord with those who live in or have visited Tokyo as well as those who haven’t.
As I’m primarily based in the UK, my work on CRYSTAL BUDDHA: Sake, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll in Tokyo required me to travel to Tokyo to research some of the locations around Shinjuku and Shibuya. I also took that opportunity to write some of the book whilst fully immersed in the Tokyo atmosphere as I stared out over the Shinjuku skyline.
I really do hope that you enjoy reading CRYSTAL BUDDHA: Sake, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll in Tokyo as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.