Japan's Haruomi Hosono Celebrates 50 Years in Music with Exhibition & Compilation Albums

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Haruomi Hosono will be celebrating 50 years in music with a retrospective at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo later this year.

The exhibition -- called Hosono Kanko 1969-2019 ("Hosono Tours," in English) -- will look back at the legendary artist's career through his prolific musical output spanning rock, techno, and world music, plus his wide-ranging interests including movies, art, rakugo (traditional comic storytelling), and manga.

The YMO member will also release two greatest-hits collections compiled by J-pop hitmakers Gen Hoshino and Keigo Oyamada, aka Cornelius. Hoshino's version will drop Aug. 28, while Oyamada's will arrive Sept. 25.

Oyamada's compilation will include a rare track called "Damatte Kike" ("Shut up and listen") that Hosono wrote based on his experience meeting Native Americans for a documentary televised in 1996. The song was aired during the program but never officially released.

Oyamada liked the song and had been listening to it privately after receiving a copy from an industry acquaintance, and requested it to be included in his compilation.

Hosono will also be releasing a vinyl version of the Shoplifters soundtrack on Sept. 25, which will feature 18 tracks, including the songs released in digital form back in June along with unreleased material and outtakes, accompanied by Hosono's introduction to each track.

Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters received the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2018, and was also awarded Picture of the Year at the Japan Academy Prize earlier this year. Hosono also won the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music for the soundtrack.

The Hosono Kanko 1969-2019 retrospective will take place Oct. 4 to Nov. 4 at the Tokyo City View Sky Gallery in Roppongi Hills.


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