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I am Damo Suzuki - Book Launch - 28 March 2019

23 January 19

Posted at 4:39

I Am Damo Suzuki

By Damo Suzuki and Paul Woods

Release Date :  28th March 2019

Omnibus Press

Pre-order HERE

ISBN: 9781783059713   

 

Book reading tour announced

Live dates added

Damo Suzuki has been described as a 'free music legend' who first came to prominence as lead singer of the visionary German group Can. Published by Omnibus Press on March 28th, I Am Damo Suzuki by Damo Suzuki and Paul Woods tells Damo’s story from Japan to Germany and everything in between in Damo’s own words. Complemented by interviews with family, friends and collaborators, the book spans six decades of pop culture.

 

Damo Suzuki was born Kenji Suzuki in the outskirts of Tokyo in 1950. Leaving home one day after his 18th birthday to travel to Europe, Damo recently told Mojo magazine that his original plan was “to become a cartoonist, someone who draws comics”. Arriving in Sweden, he busked around Europe and earned money as a pavement artist, before settling in Munich in 1970 to appear in the musical Hair for 3 months. It was here that someone first recognised he had musical talent, and it was at the end of this time that he (by chance) met the members of Can, an event that set his life on a different trajectory.

 

Now a permanent resident of Cologne, whose business card reads ‘metaphysical transporter’, Damo explains his motivation to record his life now:  “The main point of this whole book is my philosophy and dreams. My time here is becoming less and less. In a way I am strong. I survived major surgery, I’ve lived as a young adult in a foreign country (where) many times I wasn’t supported by any kind of institution, but I survived. I have found the strongest way to seek truth now.”

 

Co-written with author Paul Woods, whose previous titles include The Curious Life and Work of Scott Walker (Omnibus Press) and who regularly writes on subjects including pop culture and criminal history, I Am Damo Suzuki is an honest and often startling odyssey that tells the full tale of a musical enigma.

 

Hear Damo Suzuki in conversation (https://www.roughtrade.com/regions) here:

March

Monday 25th                     Rough Trade East, London E1 6QL

Tuesday 26th                     Rough Trade, Nottingham NG1 3AJ

Thursday 28th                   Rough Trade, Bristol BS1 2QD

 

Damo will play the following live dates:

March

Sunday 17th                       The Lexington London

Tuesday 19th                     The Hare and Hounds,Birmingham

Thursday 21st                    Jericho, Oxford

Saturday 23rd                    St Mary’s Music Hall, Walthamstow, London

Sunday 24th                       The Windmill, Brixton, London

Friday 29th                         The Socialist Club, Dewsbury

Saturday 30th                    The Continental, Preston

April

Saturday 5th                      The Laugharne Weekend, Langharne, Wales

 

All ticket info: https://www.damosuzuki.com/

 

 

When the anarchic vocalist of Can left the celebrated German band in late 1973, the ensuing decade-long absence was taken by many to be the end of his personal story. But it was just the beginning. In I Am Damo Suzuki, Kenji Damo Suzuki and co-author Paul Woods illuminate a life in music driven by the principle of randomness. The book spans the influence of western music on Suzuki growing up in post-WWII Japan, his rejection of national traditions and a lifelong journey of exploration. After his hippie-influenced beginnings as a provocative street musician, Suzuki s story took an unlikely turn after a chance recruitment into Can, one of the most innovative bands of the seventies. A stint of family life and the role of Japanese salaryman preceded his return to the music world with The Damo Suzuki Band and later with Damo Suzuki s Network, an international vehicle for musical communication using sound instead of words. With contributions from family members, lifelong friends, musical collaborators and Damo s long-term partner, I Am Damo Suzuki is an absorbing portrait of a musical catalyst and enigmatic icon.

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Gareth Jarvis Photography - Wet Plate Collodion Process Portrait

06 December 18

Posted at 11:51

Damo Suzuki by Gareth Jarvis !

 

Damo Suzuki by Gareth Jarvis

 Gareth is making photos with old system, it takes long process to make a photo (20 minutes!).

It starts from the film plate in the dark room with liquid.

It was nice to experience how the photographer did the whole process to take a photo in 1850’s style.

https://www.garethjarvis.com/portraiture/

 

More about Gareth :

 

 
I am a photographer and printmaker from Cardiff, Wales. I’m deeply interested in the handmade image and work largely with Ninteeth Century processes. Including wet plate collodion and platinum printing. I’m enamoured by the tactile feeling of working with chemistry, glass, watercolour paper and light. Also, I find great pleasure using old cameras made of polished wood and gleaming brass.

To create portraiture, the 1850’s wet plate collodion process captivated me because of its unique aesthetic that renders skin tonality unlike any other photographic medium. Its sensitivity to ultraviolet light sees beneath the skin. The images produced can be ethereally beautiful and reveal deep, poignant features of the person photographed. The narrow focus requires the sitter to project themselves thoughtfully and what results is often a serene, contemplative image. There is a simplicity to the process despite its seemingly arduous nature. It takes only twenty minutes from pouring a plate to the finished piece. Wet plate is ritualistic, great fun and seriously addictive. Beside portraiture I also love to photograph landscapes. More recently using pinhole cameras, which is quite a slow and contemplative process. Quite oppositely, I am also drawn to candid street photography and capturing expression and the energy of the moment. Always with the final aim in mind of creating fine prints.

info@garethjarvis.com

 

 

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2 DAYS TO REACH OUR GOAL ! - Crowdfunding @ INDIEGOGO

28 June 18

Posted at 3:05

 

Hi everyone ! We have just until Friday 29th June 11.59pm to share the campaign to people that may still not know about us!

Please kindly share the below in your social media networks!

➡️ Support/Share/RT ⬅️
https://igg.me/at/energythefilm #filmmaker#filmmaking #damosuzuki #documentary
••Learn the story behind "ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI" and help us meet our goal

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018


‪With animation of Damo's lucid, hospital bed dreams.‬‪ Michelle pieces together a beautiful portrait. This is augmented by vintage archive footage & access to his carefully preserved treasure trove of memories.‬
‪igg.me/at/energythefilm  

 

Thanks everyone! It has been a really positive journey ! The only journey I could connect with from the heart —- to make this documentary with the help of the Damo Suzuki Network and fan base!

We have raised a great amount and the funds raised will be so useful towards the creation of this life portrait / experience of Damo Suzuki . 


Check out our •••Digital Download Perk••• with behind the scenes updates - as we progress we will send you a little sneak peek here and there !

➡️ Support/Share/RT ⬅️
https://igg.me/at/energythefilm #filmmaker#filmmaking #damosuzuki #documentary
••Learn the story behind "ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI" and help us meet our goal


Thank you Michelle Heighway

Director of Energy

A Documentary About Damo Suzuki

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki#/

 

 

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New Perk - 9 days left to reach our goal

11 June 18

Posted at 9:46

 
 

New Perk  - 9 Days left to reach our goal to tell this amazing story ! Thanks everyone for sharing!!! 

 

 

The super talented band -  Moths and Locusts from West Coast of Canada

have provided us with 10 Limited Edition Vinyls!

 

We have 10 x Limited Edition Double LP Vinyls available! Moths and Locusts & Damo Suzuki . Signed with a signed photo also. (Photo as seen in Limited Edition Photo Print Perk - I will have these signed by Damo also to make it fair!)

"On a warm night in June 2013 Damo set down in Nanaimo, BC for an epic night of long heavy space rock jams in front of a rabid sold-out crowd. Two synth stations, fuzzed-out guitars, three drummers and pummeling bass coalesced behind Damo's commanding presence, the result was a sprawling, transcendent, seamless soundscape. Backed by Moths & Locusts and joined by members of Wolf Parade, and Colliding Canyons.'"

 

2nd New Perk

 

ENERGY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "ENERGY" when the documentary is released on digital format. Only a limited amount available. Items included: • ENERGY digital download • Behind the scenes updates

Also video update message from myself on 8.06.2018. - Thanks again Michelle Heighway- Director of    E n e r g y !

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki#/

 

 

 

 

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Energy, Damo Suzuki - Featured in Mojo Magazine, May 2018

23 May 18

Posted at 4:19

New MOJO: The 50 Greatest Pink Floyd Songs, And 2 Covers!

Choose your favourite Floyd. Enjoy features on Patti Smith, The Cure, Paul Simon, Kamasi Washington and Can’s Damo Suzuki. Magazine in UK stores from Tuesday, May 22.

Check out the magazine here: 

https://www.mojo4music.com/articles/new-mojo-the-50-greatest-pink-floyd-songs-and-2-covers

 

 

mojo mag

Written by IAN HARRISON - Portrait above by JOE DILWORTH

With a book, a doc and more gigs on the go, Can’s shamanic  lighting rod sustains as a freelance “Metaphysical Transporter” , always looking forward not, “not backside” . It’s my job , ha, ha  “  laughs  Damo Suzuki.

 

mojo mag

 

 

mojo mag

 

 

  Please can you also help us create a Social Media Blast!!!  All you do is add your Twitter/Facebook or/and Tumblr account and on June 2nd the  App sends out a link to our campaign from your social media giving us a massive social media blast! (It is totally free and a well established platform!)

It is a cool way to blast out in one moment and to be viewed by 1000's!

 

Thanks so much , it will help us spread the word about our film and help us reach our goal!
Thanks so much to everyone for all your help so far !

Michelle Heighway

Director of    E  n e r g y 

A Documentary About Damo Suzuki

 

 

 

 

Link to offical campaign below: 

 

 

 

In 2014 legendary musician Damo Suzuki was diagnosed with colon cancer. Energy is a unique and intimate portrait of his life as he confronts a life-changing illness and attempts to continue his never-ending tour.

 

Directed by Michelle Heighway ‘Energy’ are currently crowd-funding, with the film due for release in December 2019. 

Although Damo’s struggle with his health provides the film’s main narrative arc, ‘Energy’ also examines the past, present and future of this highly influential musician’s work, whilst also capturing his singular outlook on art, protest, lifestyle and alternatives to mainstream thought.

 

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Social Media Blast -Thunderclap

17 May 18

Posted at 10:41

Social Media Blast -Thunderclap

 

 Hi everyone - Can you help us create a Social Media Blast!!!. All you do is add your Twitter/Facebook or/and Tumblr account and on June 2nd the  App sends out a link to our campaign from your social media giving us a massive social media blast! (It is totally free and a well established platform!)

It is a cool way to blast out in one moment and to be viewed by 1000's!

Damo Suzuki Live @ The Hope & Ruin , Brighton 2016

 

Thanks so much , it will help us spread the word about our film and help us reach our goal!
Thanks so much to everyone for all your help so far !

Michelle Heighway

Director of    E  n e r g y 

A Documentary About Damo Suzuki

 

 

 

 

Link to offical campaign below: 

 

 

 

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Damo Suzuki + Special Guests Headrow House. Friday, 11 May 2018

14 May 18

Posted at 3:47

Damo Suzuki  + Special Guests

Headrow House. Friday, 11 May 2018 

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

 

 

Check out our Crowdfunding Campaign below!

 

 

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

Thanks so much to everyone for their support with campaign!

 

It was great to meet everyone at the Leeds show.

 

We are currently 44 % funded! 

Help make it happen for ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI on @indiegogo https://igg.me/p/2339650/twtr/51611

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

Check out more news on future shows  @ 

www.damosuzuki.com/ 

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

 

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

 

Damo Suzuki - Leeds, May 2018

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BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS THIS WEEK @ INDIEGOGO

04 May 18

Posted at 1:11

BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS THIS WEEK !

Damo Suzuki - Press Shot Image

Elissa Coward

Dirk Dresselhaus

Lauri Väinölälauri

Mari Ogatabrb

Michael Schmidt

Akihiro Kubotaakihiro

Tim Peach        

Alastair Dickson

Dama Vicke

Anonymous (K)

Andrew Korell

Kokura Misaomisao

Benedict Lawrence

Help make it happen for ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI on @INDIEGOGO

 

We are now 34% funded, we are really happy to see everyone sharing our campaign! We look forward to engaging with you all!

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Team - Michael Schmidt!

04 May 18

Posted at 9:57

Welcome to the Team - Michael Schmidt!

We are very grateful to have Michael Schmidt become part of the team.

Michael Schmidt selected the 2nd Executive Producer perk last night, which gives another encouraging start to the campaign. (Day 3 of crowdfunding!) 

Micheal Schmidt - Executive Producer

 

Michael Schmidt - Executive Producer

 

Michael Schmidt was born and raised in Germany. However has been working all around the globe for the last 20 years and has lived in the UK and in the USA.

Michael Schmidt is consultant and entrepreneur in the Life Science industry, Working in Switzerland and the USA, helping clients to understand how technology will change the healthcare system from treatment to prevention, and how to bring better medicines to those patients in need.

Micheal has a great passion for visual and auditory arts. He is a devoted collector of vinyl records, specifically in the areas of Jazz and Progressive/Krautrock, and  has been following Damo Suzuki and his life for decades. 

We are now 33% funded, we are really happy to see everyone sharing our campaign! We look forward to engaging with you all!

 Be sure to check out our awesome t -shirt designs and other perks.

Big thanks to members of Damo Suzuki's Network for helping with the t-shirt designs /posters and for sharing our news all over the globe!

Thank-you

E n e r g y

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