Tuesday, January 30, 2007

iPod generation tunes out of Japanese jazz culture

Here's an article about the closing of the last of the jazz coffee shops which once were plentiful in Japan. Such a place sounds great to me; just blend in beer!

A line in the piece alarmed me: "These days, kids don't listen to jazz, and they walk down the street with iPods, which makes the whole idea of 'place' irrelevant," says Michael Molasky, author of "The Jazz Culture of Postwar Japan."

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