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31/08/2019 I was 1st introduced to Mick via Dalis Car's debut album..which I purchased based purely on the cover. I was mesmerized by Karn's playing and how wonderfully it blended with Peter Murphy's vocals. Through the years I encountered Karn's musical genius again again. I was lulled into a sense of wonderment as his fluid and silky bass lines morphed in and out of ambiguity on David Torn's "Lion of Boaz". His distinguishable yet never predictable playing with Japan, his work with Torn and Bozzio, the Jansen/Babieri collaborations, his eclectic solo work, all of it..amazing, sweet, organic, beautiful. He is a unique voice in music which continues to inspire me as a musician and as an artist.

Michele Dall'Ara

24/07/2019 Hello! I would like to post here today, on Mick's birthday anniversary. No need t say Mick will be missed so much... still it is so hard for me to think he passed away. I am so fond of his music and when i listen to his songs, well, my problems disappears in the background and i think i am very lucky i have the chance to enjoy his artistic work. Thank you very much, Mick! I miss you so much! Michele from Italy

Wilma Zilver

15/07/2019 You are the best Bass player ever, Mick. An Icon, your music, talented in so many instruments. Also an Icon in fashion, your style and looks. Forever in my heart.


09/07/2019 Thank you so much Mick. I am 18, and have just picked up the bass guitar thanks to your inspirational playing. You had such a wonderful style and I am sad that I was too late to see you perform. I will remember you forever, and I will celebrate your music for as long as I am alive.


07/07/2019 Hello, nice to meet you. I am posting from Japan. There are still some parts that I cannot speak English, so I will write them in Japanese. 私がミックさんを知ったのは2年ぐらい前、19歳ぐらいの時でした。たまたま、インターネットで他のことを調べたら偶然、ミックさんやJAPANが関連に出てきました。興味本位でそのまま、調べてたり聴いたりしていくうちにどんどん、魅了されていき、いつしかはミックさんみたいにベース弾いてみたい! そう思うようになっていきました。 ミックさんや、ミックさんのベースにとても感謝しています。ありがとうございます。 偶然でもミックさんの音楽に出会えたことに。 ミックさんのご家族の方、ご友人の方々 暑い日々が続くと思いますが、お体お大事にして下さい。

Marc Paxton

26/06/2019 I am kind of an oldster, late to Mick Karn’s game, one eye on my own horizon. I found a few copies, Rain Tree Crow, JBK; then I obtained ‘the book.’ Persisting on to finding more in MK’s solo repertoire, I find I have quite much of it now. I kept thinking along the way, “that’s probably it,” but each time, each album, each listen there was something still, musically, emotionally (emotively), that drew me still farther along his apparent travels; his Path. So this public note simply pays my own private homage to a singularly interesting man, musician, human traveler - possibly much more so in his instance, these are all inseparable. So I very much appreciate Mick Karn and I extend my well wishes to his own spirit, to his family and to his bandmates then and now. Peace.

Anthony Goldthorpe

16/06/2019 Hi. Its a quiet ,sunny, still morning here in Yorkshire and been the obsessive music lover I am, headphones on and playing some of my favourite tracks from the years gone by I was reminded of Micks brilliance once again . I have the track sensitive playing through my headphones listening to every note Mick is playing its so relaxing . Thanks Mick for giving us the enjoyment of your wonderful talent . God bless .


31/03/2019 Fine new interview with Steve Jansen, who speaks about his relationship with Mick:


30/03/2019 I really miss him a lot... wish I could see him playing the bass in the flesh..

Joel McIver

07/03/2019 Hi there, feel free to share this interview I did with Mick for Bass Guitar magazine in 2003. Cheers Joel

Gilbert B

17/02/2019 Good morning, Just wanted to share a thought. I've listened to Japan, after discovering them in 2007, for 12 years now. I was 24 then, and it's changed my perception of what music was, is, and can be. Micks bsss playing style was the first of its kind that I had ever heard and I couldn't stop listening. I haven't gotten into his other works as deep aside from "Sensitive" and his work with Peter Murphy in Dali's Car, but wanted to share a mutual love that we all have for his contributions to the art of Parties. May he continue to rest in peace and shine eternally. Cheers from Texas and I'll spend a good portion of this Sunday listening to Japan. Take care everyone.

Susan Taylor

07/02/2019 I am sad that you are gone, but very glad I had the wonderful privilege of meeting and spending time with you. When I had heard that you had passed in 2011, I thought about the fun night in London in October 1988 we spent together along with my friend Cassandra who I was visiting in London at the time. I loved your band "Japan" long before we ever met, your work with David Sylvian forever affecting and shaping the soundtrack, fashion and and inspiration of my youth. The rare chance of being on the same flight NY to London and exchanging numbers in the baggage pick up and then following through to meet up and go out all night to Boy George's brother's private club and back to your place just down the street from a friend's flat that coincidentally I had run into in the tube all the way from Aspen, Colorado, was indeed was one of my greatest traveling memories, ever! Lucky me. Lucky all of us who's ears were graced by your talent. We all eventually leave this world but not everyone leaves a legacy of art and 52 was just too young to go, as I am sure you had so much more to create. From one dreaming New Romantic to another, "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream". See you there.

Gian Cristiano Gnalducci

20/08/2018 Hello, I would just like to write my testimony in saying I am happy to have seen and heard Mick live in concert at the Teatro Puccini in Florence during the Italian tour of “The Tooth Mother”. I was in the front row and still remember the feeling of having one of my myths in front of me, so much so that I'm sure that mick noticed my moment of contemplation, because more than once, crossing our eyes, he smiled at me...... or more likely he had a smile for this boy (at the time I was 25) who was watching him with great satisfaction. It was a fantastic performance and it is a Memory that has Great Value for me. Thank You Mick, Rest In Peace. Gian Cristiano Gnalducci


24/07/2018 I always like very much. Happy birthday, Mick (^^)


19/06/2018 I play bass since I was 15 (I'm 26 now) and the first time I heard Mick Karn's unique way of playin' was when I was 18 Im born chilean but live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Since I was 17 I came here alone and not only for the creative way of singin' and songwriting of David Sylvian I was crushed when I heard "Ghosts" of the Tin Drum album but when I heard "Methods of dance" I couldn't believe what I was hearing I thought that I've never listen to anything like that before, that growl that bending notes that jumping fingers on the fret I can't believe that like, 60% of the bassists of the world never heard of Mick Karn and I can't stop listening and learning from his unique style I can't stop thinking what kind of music he could do if he were alive right now he bring me so much joy thanks Mick Karn thanks for so much of u in the world sorry for my bad english, im not used to write in these language.