J-Rock Groupies, Not Your Parent's Jail House Rock! This is another of those books about the youthful female fashionistas of Japan. It's really a collection of individual portraits of avid fans of various Independent Japanese bans. Like the book length photo essays "Gothic & Lolita" by Masayuki Yoshinaga and Albert Siegel's "Harajuku Girls" this book has almost no text. It's really a kind of Internet Collection of Friends like one would find on Face Book or My Space. Many of the girls furnishing their colorful portraits and fashion styles for this collection are slightly older than the teens in "Harajuku Girls." In this volume a couple of the groupie girls have their children along with them, some dressed in matching fashions.
Text-wise there are only four pages--actually two end sheets. J-Rock is defined by Rusanchiman Takeda, the stage name of a guitarist for independent band, the "Tsuberukurin". Japanese rock groupies apparently aren't like band groupies in the west. "We enjoy being flattered by our groupies, but, it's not like we fool around with them. I don't know about foreign groupies, but Japanese groupies don't offer themselves to us. They always come to our gigs to bring a lot of excitement. Japanese groupies are into the `fashion.' Since we are known as a `visual rock band', wearing hardcore and crazy fashions, our groupies try to fit in with us by coming to our gigs and dressing in crazy and sexy ways too. They relate to us by mimicking our style. In other words, they want to have a spiritual connection with us. I find our groupies are cute and touching. We don't have to fool around with them. I just enjoy watching them."
This rock band member asked their "cameraman to take snap shots of these groupies." The pictures were then made into a photo album and spread worldwide.
A sixteen-year-old high school student wrote the groupies description. She said, "her parents are very conservative, when I would go out to see him perform they always yelled, `Stop wearing those clothes!' So, now, I put my outfit in a plastic bag and leave my house wearing normal clothing. I change in the bathroom of the closest train station where the gig is going to be I get really `turned on' when I'm at a concert." She goes on to describe the rest of her feelings about j-rockers, and her fellow groupie friends and their fashions. Her description is very fresh.
The book contains excellent performance photos of the following Indies Bands: Atelier, cinema-s `trip, Undead, lilyspider, Maverick, Rutiru, and Sinner along with dozens and dozens of their cute female fans, four of their fan's children, and their Japanese subculture fashions. These portraits are in sections called Groupies Galleries. This is a fun book. One can almost feel the beat and see the happy fans dancing in time with their favorite J-Rock musicians.