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 おそらく、紆余曲折はあったに違いない。が、結成から四半世紀にわたって寿[kotobuki]というバンド、あるいは、ユニットが存在し続けたことに、まずは感謝したい。なにせ、彼らが活動の場としているのは、ショービジネスから音楽産業とはまるで無縁の世界。そのあたり、彼らの公式サイトのライヴ・スケジュールをチェックしていただければわかるんだが、目に入ってくるのは居酒屋からオルタナティヴな集会の数々だ。昨年暮れには、横浜寿町でホームレスやそんな状態を強いられている人たちのために越冬支援ライブもやったようだ。毎年8月に開催されている寿町フリーコンサートの常連として彼らが人気者になっているという理由もあるんだろうが、こんなところからも彼らの立つ場がよくわかる。

 そういった活動を続けながらの25年なのだ。といっても、始めからそうだったわけではないだろう。そのあたりの歴史は20周年を少し越えたところで出版された彼らの本、『寿[Kotobuki]魂』い詳しく書かれている。なにせ、今や懐かしの『イカ天』出身だ。本人達は赤面してしまうというのだが、当時の映像を見るとなかなか面白い。今の彼らからは想像もできない姿がここにある。が、それをも含めた25年であり、その結果が今の彼らであり、その生き方。そんな寿に魅了されているのだ。

 旧正月に開かれるという恒例のライヴ。今年で三度目の取材となる。毎年同じ会場でほぼ同じミュージシャンに囲まれての演奏だ。飽きても良さそうなんだが、なかなかどうして飽きることはない。同じ歌に感動し、心が震える。それで充分じゃないか。
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button2010

buttonWilco : (23rd Apr. @ Zepp Tokyo)
buttonGaz's Rockin' Blues 30th Anniversary Party feat. The Ska Flames, Sound Dimension with Stranger Cole & The Skatalites with Doreen Shaffer (4th Apr. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonJoe Henry (2nd Apr. @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonCD review : Johnny Cash - "American VI: Ain't No Grave" (28th Feb.)
buttonCD review : Albert Ayler - "My Name Is Albert Ayler" (24th Feb.)
buttonKotobuki (14th Feb. @ Shin Okubo R's Art Court)
buttonThe Gossip (8th Feb. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonSoul Flower Mononoke Summit & Shisas (7th Feb. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)
buttonCD review : Manu Chao - "Baionarena" (2nd Feb.)
buttonVery Be Careful (21st Jan. @ Shinjuku Marz)

button2009

buttonMono (21st Dec. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonSoul Flower Union (12th Dec. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonCicala-Mvta (17th Nov. @ Shibuya O West)
buttonKeihin Rock Festival 2009 feat. Skunk Brothers, Good Luck Heiwa, Shin Otowa + Shinobu Arima with Yosuke "Youma" Fujita, Takashi Onzo, Kantaro Uchida, Kicell, Masato Tomobe & The Suzuki (12th Oct. @ Higashi Ohgishima East Park)
buttonAsagiri Jam - It's A Beautiful Day! feat. Kenji & Gota Super Session with Motoharu & Fujinomiyabayashi Taiko (10th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonDonnie Fritts & The Decoys (28th Sept. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonPeace Music Festa! (from) Ginowan 2009 with overall photo document feat Masao Teruya, Kachimba 1551, Yambaru Reggae Brothers, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Yukhiito Ara with Sunday & Donal Lunny, Tokiko Kato, Ozomatli, UA & Soul Flower Union(21st Sept. @ Ginowan Kaihin Koen Yagai Gejijo, Okinawa)
buttonLove Camp feat Kim Young Jin Band, Bulgasari Project, Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate, Yukie Sato & Kopchanjeongol, The Plastic Day(with Eshe Bellydance), National Pigeon Unity, (29th Aug. @ Hong Chon, Kangwon-do, Korea)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2009 (26th to 28th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset) feat. Lily Allen, The Specials, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Black Eyed Peas, Khaled, Roger McGuinn
buttonVic Ruggiero (13th Jun. @ Shibuya Home)
buttonCrying Nut (30th May @ Olympic Stadium, Seoul)
buttonThe Plastic Day (29th May @ Club FF, Seoul)
buttonEnnio Morricone (27th May @ Olympic Park Gymnasium, Seoul)
buttonLiam Ó Maonlaí with Hiroshi Yamaguchi (9th May @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonCD review : Shake Away : LIla Downs(17th May)
buttonBob Log III (25th Apr. @ Night Paris Club, Taipei)
buttonLila Downs (9th Apr. @ Royce Hall, L.A.)
buttonLila Downs (8th Apr. @ Gibson Showroom, L.A.)
buttonA Diva Descend to Earth : Lila Downs(8th & 9th Apr. in L.A.)
buttonRedemption 97 (30th Mar. @ Shibuya O West)
buttonSoul Flower Union (29th Mar. @ Shibuya O West)
buttonRuthie Foster (09/03/27 @ Tokyo Eat and Meets Cay)
buttonRuthie Foster (09/03/26 @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival + Conference (JPN | ENG) feat.Doug Sahm tribute feat. Shawn Sahm and Augie Meyers and Alejandro Escovedo, Easy Star All-Stars, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, Legendary Tiger Man, The, Roky Erickson with The Black Angels, Tony Joe White, Asa, Ruthie Foster, Monareta, Peter Murphy, Andy White, Ben Harper & Relentless7 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Gary Clark Jr., Plouen Catximbes, Theart, Emeralds, The, Jimmy Webb and the Webb Brothers, Wayne Kramer (09/03/18 to 22nd in Austin, Texas)
buttonThe Plastic Day (09/02/28 @ Club FF, Seoul)
buttonGumx (09/02/28 @ Sang Sang Madang Live Hall, Seoul)
buttonKozy Ouchi : Kozy, you drink too much, buddy! (09/02/14 @ Sakuragi-Cho Borderline)
buttonClare & the Reasons (13th Feb. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonClare & the Reasons (5th Feb. @ Yokohama Thumb's Up)
buttonKotobuki (31st Jan. @ Shin Okubo R's Art Court)
buttonGlenn Tilbrook (10th Jan. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)

button2008

buttonBloodest Saxophone (6th Dec. @ Shinjuku Red Cloth)
buttonShibusa Shirazu Orchestra with David Murray (26th Nov. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonKaiser Chiefs (25th Nov. @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonHoney Hall feat. Kaori Kawamura, Kayo Sakata, Mr.Pan & Lawdy & Toshimi Watanabe & Copa Salvo(22nd Nov. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (12th Nov. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (12th Nov. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonEthipoia National Cultural Troupe (2nd Nov. @ Takanawa Kumin Center)
buttonThee 50's High Teens (1st Nov. @ Shinjuku Jam)
buttonJustin Nozuka (27th Oct. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonFanfare Ciocărlia (16th Oct. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonAsagiri Jam - It's a beautiful day! feat. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (5th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonClub Ska 20th Anniversary with intro & overall photo document feat.The Skatalites, The Trojans, Oi-Skallmates, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (28th Sept. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonSka Cubano (24th Sept. @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonDoberman (23rd Sept. @ Hattori Ryokuchi Koen)
buttonSoul Flower Union (23rd Sept. @ Osaka Big Cat)
buttonChris Murray Combo (15th Sept. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonnbsa+×÷2008 feat. Copa Salvo, Goma & Jungle Rhythm Section, Razoku, Keyco & Kokyou, Cro-Magnon, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (14th to 15th Sept. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonShibusa Shirazu Orchestra (13th Sept. @ Kisarazu Nakanoshima Koen)
buttonAsa (10th Sept. @ Shibuya O-East Exchange)
buttonSunset Live2008 feat. Black Bottom Brass Band, Doberman, Sun Paulo, Mongol 800, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Leyona, Keison, Seiko Ito & Pomeranians, Double Famous, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (5th to 7th Sept. @ Keya Beach, Itoshima)
buttonCool Wise Men with Eddie TanTan Thornton (15th Aug. @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonYou Waki (8th Aug. @ Shinjuku Club Doctor)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2008 (27th to 29th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset) feat. Jimmy Cliff, Manu Chao, Ethiopiques, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Manu Chao, Neil Diamond, Eddy Grant, Gilbert O'Sullivan
buttonPeace Music Festa! (from) Henoko 2008 (22nd Jun. @ Ueno Suijo Ongaku-Do) feat. Kachimba4, KZ, Masao Teruya, Shaolong To The Sky, Kotobuki, Duty Free Shop. with Kakumaku Shaka, Donal Lunny with Kazutoki Umezu & Hiromi Kondo, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, Soul Flower Union


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