Busking in London.Playing Guitar in the Underground.

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Hideaki Domon           

photo of Hideaki Domon Hideaki Domon is a Japanese guitarist who has worked as one of approximately 400 buskers in the London Underground.
After playing as a professional musician in the popular music scene in Japan he came to Britain in 2001 with very little English hoping to play music in the country where his heroes the Beatles and Jeff Beck were born.

He played in many bars in London and also taught guitar before becoming the first Japanese to be licensed as an official busker on the Underground.
In 2006 he published this book based on a series of daily notes he had put out in an e-magazine.The book became a best seller in Japan.

He has now returned to Tokyo and is working on a sequel.

Translator

Mari Bentley was born in Japan and has lived and worked in Britain for over 30 years. She is based in the Midlands and works as a freelance translator and interpreter specialising mainly in technical translation. This is her first translation of a non-technical book.

Introduction

How many people in Japan know what “busking” means? In Britain, busking is “to earn money by singing or playing a musical instrument in public places,” and singers or players are called “buskers.” Busking has thrived in the London Underground for many years, and has become an established part of the music culture. It gives the travelling public a brief and transient moment to unwind and enjoy music; it is also a tourist attraction at the same time.

However, with the modernisation of stations and the increasing number of passengers, busking caused some problems, such as noise, jeopardising passengers’ safety, disputes between buskers, etc. So in 2003 the London Underground Authority introduced a licensing system which requires that anyone wanting to be a busker must pass an audition. Luckily, I was the first Japanese to acquire an official busking licence. This book is a record of my busking between April and November 2005, but other occurrences and anecdotes that took place before those eight months are also included.

I hope you will enjoy the book - just like you enjoy listening to your favourite music time and time again!

Hideaki Domon
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