'Love Never Dies': romance and Christian symbolism in a Japanese rock video
AuthorStevens, Carolyn S.
Source TitleRefashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic Industries
University of Melbourne Author/sStevens, Carolyn
AffiliationArts: Asia Pacific Economics of Education and Training Unit (APEET)
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsStevens, C. S. (2004). 'Love Never Dies': romance and Christian symbolism in a Japanese rock video. In A. Chun, N. Rossiter & B. Shoesmith (Eds.), Refashioning pop music in Asia: Cosmopolitan flows, political tempos and aesthetic industries, (pp. 127-144). Routledge Curzon.
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This chapter examines the use of Christian symbolism in a Japanese rock music video by the group The Alfee. Christian icons are used to convey a perceived modern version of romance. Modernity is set in an indeterminate past, conflating the traditional and the modern into one visual concept that exists. The present and future encased in the past questions the notion of modernity (and postmodernity) in Japan as something necessarily sequential. It also argues that Christianity's secular presence in Japan allows its symbols to be freely manipulated and adapted in contemporary popular culture.
KeywordsJapan; rock music video; modernity
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