Before the WWW,
one way in which fans got together to share articles and pictures was
through fanzines. There were several Japan fanzines - Standard Life,
JAPS, J:MUSA, Talking Drum, Some Kind Of Love and Rockout. Bamboo led
1984 - 1992
Bamboo came into being in the time
between the final Japan tour and Forbidden Colours, when Debi Zornes,
Howard Sawyer and Vicky Hurst planned to run an official fan club for
the ex-members of Japan. After many frustrating months due to
mis-communication within Japan's management company Chadwick-Nomis, the
trio decided to use the material they had collected for the fan club
magazine (including several exclusive interviews) and publish a totally
independent fanzine instead. Throughout, the trio managed to hold down
full time regular jobs, and with the basic materials to hand in the
early 80s, produced one of the most professional and longest running
fanzines in history. As the 80's progressed, due to work commitments,
more and more of the work was undertaken by Debi, who with a small
group of volunteers held parties/conventions twice a year, usually at
The 100 Club. Exclusive audio and video material was shown, plus an
occasional ex-member would make an appearance. Groups from the fan base
would also play, including an early incarnation of No-Man. Sinead O Connor also made her UK debut live performance at one
Bamboo party, singing "All Tomorrows Parties" with guitar accompaniment
from Rob Dean.
Bamboo also published two special
editions, a "Japanese Special" which followed Yukihiro Takahashi's 1985
tour, and a much more lavish affair, the book "Eighty Days", all about
David's 1988 tour.
10 years and 35 issues, Bamboo
ended and Debi founded Medium Productions, the official information
service and record label for Mick Karn, Richard Barbieri and Steve
|Bamboo 1: Sons Of Pioneers tour dates,
review - Japan Hammersmith Odeon 17/11/82 and 22/11/82,
Masami Tsuchiya bio, Japan interview at Air Studios (mixing Oil On
Canvas), review of Steve's photograph exhibition, news of the recording
of "Brilliant Trees". Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 2: Japan interview at Air Studios
Pt2, Red Guitar video review, Sandii bio, Review of Japan live in
Brussels 1982, feature about David's polaroid exhibition and opening
party, review of Perspectives, review of Brilliant Trees, Picasso
feature, Dalis Car preview. Exclusive photos. ALSO LIMITED EDITION
COLOUR EDITION and a reprint.
|Bamboo 3: Howard Sawyer's diary of the
1982 Japanese tour, YMO bio, Mick Karn interview pt1, Dalis Car LP
review/feature, Instant Pictures review, Exorcising Ghosts review.
|Bamboo 4: Howard Sawyer's diary of the
1982 Japanese tour pt2, Sakamoto bio, Bamboo Music video feature,
Sandii "Viva Lava Liva" LP review, Worlds In A Small Room feature,
Preparations For A Journey video preview, Mick Karn interview pt2.
|Bamboo 5: Yukihiro Takahashi bio, Dalis
Car split feature, Worlds In A Small Room review, Jean Cocteau feature,
Steve Jansen interview pt1. Exclusive photos. ALSO LIMITED EDITION
|Bamboo 6: Angus McBean feature, Haruomi
Hosono bio, Steel Cathedrals video preview, Bamboo party feature, Steve
Jansen interview Pt2, Propaganda LP "A Secret Wish" review, Sakamoto
"Fieldwork" single and video review, Preparations For A Journey video
review, Pulling Punches video review. Exclusive photos. All issues were
|Bamboo 7: Ippu Do "Live & Zen"
review, news about Sylvian's planned album "The Holy Blood of Saints
and Sheep", Pierre Barouh bio, David Rhodes interview pt1, Alchemy
review. Exclusive photos.
|Japanese Special: Interviews - Sandii
& Makoto, Masami Tsuchiya, Peter Barakan, Ryuichi Sakamoto
& Akiko Yano, Steve Jansen (long), Reviews of Sakamoto, Sandii,
Masami and Yukihiro Takahashi live (featuring Steve Jansen and Carlos
Alomar). All interviews and photos from Yukihiro's 1985 tour.
|Bamboo 8: David Rhodes interview pt2,
Bamboo party feature, Sakamoto "Ongaku Zukan" review, "Steel
Cathedrals" feature, Childhood memories of Steve Jansen (exclusive
English publication). Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 9: Rob Dean interview pt1, Sandii
interview and feature, "Stay Close" feature. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 10: Rob Dean interview pt2,
"Taking The Veil" feature, Bamboo party feature, Rob Dean/Fever Tree
feature, Hajime Tachibana "Hm" review. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 11: Sandii "La La La La Love" LP
review, John Punter interview pt1, Rob Dean reviews "Gone To Earth",
Feature on "Gone To Earth", Feature about Takahashi's 1986 tour.
|Bamboo 12: "Dreams Of Reason" feature,
John Punter interview pt2, Frank Auerbach bio, Sakamoto "Futurist" LP
and "Media Bahn" tour reviews, Bamnboo party feature
including Sinead O Connor's debut live performance. Exclusive photos.
All issues in colour.
|Bamboo 13: Frank Auerbach interview,
"Some Small Hope" review and Virginia Astley bio, Yukio Mishima bio,
Masami Tsuchiya feature (recording album in London), feature on Japan
bootleg tapes pt1. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 14: Dolphin Brothers feature,
Frank Auerbach interview pt2, Mick live in Germany feature (with Mark
Isham and David Torn), Masami Tsuchiya LP review, "Shining" video
review, Japan bootleg tapes feature pt2. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 15: Bamboo party feature, "Kin"
performance review, Peter Murphy interview pt1, Rob Dean writes from
Australia, feature on Sylvian's "Let The Happiness In" and "Secrets of
the Beehive", Matthew Seligman interview. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 16: Peter Murphy interview pt2,
Anton Corbijn bio, Eno & Hassell review, feature on Rob Dean in
Australia with the band Geisha, Sinead O Connor feature, Korean Japan
fan club feature, In Praise Of Shamans tour preview, Sakamoto "Neo Geo"
review, Jaco Pastorius obituary. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 17: Angus McBean interview pt1,
Plight & Premonition feature, Sakamoto interview (after winning
an Academy Award for The Last Emperor), Rob Dean reviews The Last
Emperor, Mark Isham "Castalia" review, more on Sylvian's 88 tour, Peter
Murphy concert review. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 18: Angus McBean interview pt2,
Mick Karn interview (mostly about The Princes Trust), Kenny
Wheeler/Azimuth feature, more about David's 1988 tour, Frank Chickens
interview. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 19: Angus McBean interview pt3,
Sakamoto "Aile De Honneamise" review, Gaby Agis/Bill Culbert feature,
Orpheus video feature, Rare Japan records feature pt1, Emile Zola bio,
Holger Czuckay interview pt1. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 20: Holger Czuckay interview pt2,
China travel feature, Rare Japan records pt2, Sylvian interview from
"Rockin On" (exclusive English publication). Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 21: Holger Czuckay interview pt3,
Rare Japan records pt3, Brian Eno bio, Sylvian interview from Nuit De
Rock (exclusive English translation). Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 22: Bill Nelson bio, Rare Japan
records pt4, Flux & Mutability feature, Pop Song feature, Akiko
Yano "Granola" review, Sylvian interview from "Les Inrockuptibles"
(English translation). Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 23: Japan first impressions,
reviews/comments on Weatherbox and Pop Song, Erik Satie bio, Masami
Tsuchiya interview, poll of the decade. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 24: Scott Walker LP review, Simon
Napier-Bell book review, Sakamoto "Beauty" LP feature, Sylvian
interview from "Bebopalula", Sakamoto concert review and "Beauty" tour
feature, Andre Tarkovsky bio. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 25: Angus McBean obituary, Poll
results, excerpt from Johnny Rogan's "Starmakers and Svengalis" about
Simon Napier-Bell and Japan, Thomas Lang LP review, David Sylvian first
impressions, YMO Story pt1. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 26: Blue Nile concert review, YMO
Story Pt2, Japan first impressions, Sylvian interview from "Max"
(English translation), Rain Tree Crow preview (when it was thought they
would use the name Japan!), Kenny Wheeler interview, JG Bennett bio,
Gurdjief bio. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 27: Kenny Wheeler interview pt2,
Japan first impressions, Rob Dean Slow Club feature/review, Eno/Cale
review, Youssou N'Dour review, YMO Story pt3, Sylvian interview from
Rockerilla. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 28: Mark Isham review, Rain Tree
Crow feature (long), YMO Story pt4, YMO discography, Mick Karn
interview from "Backstage" (English translation). Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 29: Rain Tree Crow - fan
commentary and reviews, Rain Tree Crow - review of press
articles/commentary on the problems between JBK and David. Steve
& Rich interview from "Rockstar" (English translation).
|Bamboo 30: Blackwater video review,
Masami Tsuchiya "Time Passenger" review, Stories Across Borders
feature, Talk Talk "Spirit of Eden" review, YMO Story update, Sylvian
interview from "Crossbeat" (English translation), Milan Kundera bio.
|Bamboo 31: Sakamoto/Sylvian Hammersmith
Odeon reviews, David Torn "Door X" review, fan comments about Ember
Glance and Stories Across Borders, YMO "Faker Holic" review, Sylvian
interview from "Rockin On" (English translation). Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 32: Sakamoto "Heartbeat" album
review, news about Sylvian and Chavez, Mick, Rich and David Torn
interview (long), The First Day tour feature. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 33: Ingrid Chavez feature, more
about Sylvian and Fripp, more about Sylvian and Sakamoto "Heartbeat",
Sylvian interview, Thomas Lang LP review, YMO "Kyoretsu Na Rythm"
review, Mark Isham review. Exclusive photos.
|Bamboo 34: Bill Nelson review, Ingrid
Chavez interview, Blue Nile feature. Exclusive photos. This issue is
noticeably thinner than the others at only 16 pages, but the type is
half size so it's got the content of 32.
|Bamboo 35: Announcement that Medium will
replace Bamboo. The First Day tour feature, Holger Czuckay interview,
John Taylor interview, Mark Isham feature. Bumper issue (probably the
biggest), lots of photos from all eras of the Japan and solo history.