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Henk van der Velde

09/02/2024 Secretly my not knowing bassist of all times. I was a Japan fan from day 1 untill the very end. Now, 2024 I realize I miss the sounds you have made and shaped my thoughts and being. Thanks and more.

Peter

11/01/2024 Sitting here with tears in my eyes after reading the biography, much of which I was already familiar with having been a huge admirer of Mick since Japan. Truth be told, he is my favourite bass player of all time and he still blows my 65 year old mind with his incredibly original style.

HagaBruno

06/01/2024 I'd like to thank you personally for all the positive (and weird) emotions of your job, I'd take a plane tomorrow! Unfortunately, it is not possible to convey my affection to you. I imagine you and Pastorius arguing about which riff to use, I imagine you serene, smiling and rhythmic. Don't rest in peace, keep on producing genius things man.

Sandra Nicholls

06/01/2024 I saw you once pass by my school in Marylebone, circa 80's. I wish I could have told you what a fan I was. I'm still enjoying your creativity and thinking of you at this time.

Reese F.

05/01/2024 Thank you Mick for expressing yourself through music and art. Thank you for being relentlessly different and delving into your imagination and soul and bringing it to life for all to hear and see. You are deeply missed. Without a doubt you and your music will continue to inspire and encourage others to do the same. All the love and peace to you and your family and friends

Masato-

04/01/2024 Mick, I almost forgot today was the anniversary of your death. A long time ago, when I saw you coming out of the back door of the HMV building in Niigata City, I regretted not being able to say hello to you.

Anne

04/01/2024 Special memories of the early 80s listening and then - finally - getting to see Japan at Lancaster Uni on their farewell tour. Down at the front I was determined to stretch out when Mick was close and I just and so managed to touch his knee... and get a big grin from him as I jubilantly jumped up and down, waving at him, yelling his name! RIP Mick and hope that today especially, and every day, your family, friends and fans remember you with a smile xx

Darren

03/01/2024 Still remembering - love xx

Robert Lester

25/12/2023 I put a message on this page on Christmas Day last year and I'm doing it again today. I was lucky enough to see Japan play live 20 times between 1980 and 1982. I went to see them play in Sheffield, Leicester, Birmingham as well as all over London. My favourite Japan gig was at the Rock City Nottingham in May 1981. We were right at the front, up against the stage, the music and the show was great and I managed to take some lovely photos of Mick, some of which I still have today. Watching David, Richard and Steve was always great, but my attention was often focussed just on Mick as he was so unique in every way. His style, his clothes and of course his amazing bass playing, it was hard to take your eyes off him. Like all of you, I will never forget seeing Mick glide across the stage as he was playing and I will also never forget his small clap towards the end of The Art Of Parties, something I always used to look forward to at all their gigs. Another thing I will never forget is how Mick almost missed his cue at their last song at their last ever gig at the Hammersmith Odeon in November 1982. He only just about got there in time as the music started. Ten years later in 1992, I was lucky enough to meet Mick after a gig at The Grand Theatre in Clapham. Mick, Steve and Richard had played with a band called No Man and Mick was going to walk right past me and of course I had to say Hello. We must have talked for about ten minutes, mainly about his time in Japan and it was, and still is, one of the most amazing experiences in my whole life. He was a very kind man and he is sadly missed by all of us.

Rony

29/11/2023 You were amazing bass player which added magic to music.

Jon White

16/11/2023 GOD Bless you Mick, Thank you for being a shining Star in my life, from,Our younger years I was a fan of Roxy Music.So Japan was a breath of fresh air,and it was your Bass playing and your quiet intensity that I loved coupled with that sliding bass note,reminded me of my violin playing days and bow sliding .But Dear Mick be at Peace now,and to your Wife and Family my profound condolences,to you all .I am old now 70yrs but still fell the 21 yr old boy I lost. Be At Peace, Shalom.Jonathan White Little Totham Maldon ESSEX.

Paris

25/10/2023 About three weeks ago a friend of mine was browsing an archive of Japan and I happened to be a fan of Sakamoto Ryuichi. It was so fun to see them musicians collaborate. I was so blown away by Mick's talent and his kind soul as I dug into the old archives and recordings of Mick. The bass lines, decades ago, still sound amazing and has a timelessness within them. I felt so lucky that I discovered this true legend, and so unfortunate that I would never have the chance to meet him, to listen to those vibrant sounds in his performance in person.

Brad paine

07/09/2023 Sitting here listening to “sensitive” on a summer’s evening remembering how much I loved Mick karns gift of music.

Scott

29/08/2023 It's that time of year, as Autumn approaches I find myself in a melancholic mood, and listening to Japan and the solo work of Mick Karn. It just feels right somehow. I wish I supported Mick more whilst he was still with us, and I wish I could have let him know how important he was to me growing up and how much his music means to me - and so many others.

Den

21/08/2023 I was lucky to see Mick play live. An indelible musician/performer. His book ‘Japan and Self Existence, I still read parts of it occasionally just to connect. I feel his life deserved so much more. I sense it was a difficult one in many ways, and that I find sad because of his unique style and talents. I still cannot compare him to anyone because of his enigmatic demeanour and the manner on which he approached and produced his work. I miss him. He was a multi-faceted artist. I hope his family are well.

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