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Monday, March 31, 2008

Pete Townshend is Great & Closer to his Son

posted by on March 31 at 15:06 PM

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Author Roland Kelts raizes the roof in Ballardís Hattieís Hat like Hefner. All he needed was a robe.

japanamerica_cover.jpgKelts is in town promoting his book Japanamerica, which is about the influx of Japanese art and fashion into American culture. Kelts came straight from the Sakura-Con convention to Elliot Bay Bookstore to lecture. He said the art form of anime conveys the collective post WWII emotions of a post-traumatic Japan. Anime contains a fear and a survivalist ethic and its beginning point is usually the end of the world. In the aftermath of WWII destruction, the Japanese didnít just have a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity, they sewed theirs shut. This silencing of public discussion on the war and the bombings sent the creative mass of the people underground. Anime and manga emerged being able to express previously unexpressed emotions.

Kelts is friends with the Who guitarist, Pete Townshend. Townshend wrote a very glowing Japanamerica blurb. I asked him about it:

So you know Pete?
Kelts: Yeah, Peteís great. We have become friends.

Does he talk much about his signature ĎWindmillí move?
No. Itís funny. This book has meant a lot to Pete. Itís brought him closer to his son, who LOVES anime and Japanimation. Pete remembers when he was young, being so enthralled with blues music and a culture in the U.S. that was thousands of miles away. For his son, anime is the same thing. His son is completely enthralled with this art from and culture that is thousands of miles away.

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