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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.


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.


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.


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.

Maximo Anguiano

25/07/2023 Happy birthday to what would’ve been mick karns 65th birthday, he was an amazing bassist and inspired me and a lot of others to pick up an instrument and learn


04/07/2023 I'm gonna keep things short and sweet, Mick ROCKED. I believe it is clear that he had a pivotal role in shaping the sound of bass guitar in the early 80s. He was truly the first as far I as I know to bring fretless into pop music in any amount. Great, just great.


08/06/2023 although i had been a roxy music fan since the second album onwards, i didnt connect with Japan until a friend said "youve got to hear this, its quiet life by a new band. I was hooked, bought GTP then Tin Drum and was lucky enough to see Japan on their final tour in 1982 at the Edinburgh Playhouse. As others have commented , i still remember watching Mick glide across that stage, playing those fantastic bass lines. Time goes by and i dont remember much about the night (apart from remembering sandii and the sunsets played!!), but i have the treasured programme from that night and a feeling that i watched something very special. Watching Mick play art of parties on OGWT was another great night - someone who played bass in a way i hadnt heard before, looking so "alien" in an absorbing way but holding your attention right throughout the song. Its ironic that i have long stopped listening to Roxy but still listen to Japan and Sylvians earlier solo output so go figure!! When i first some kind of fool recently that bassline but also, and lest it be forgotten, his oboe and woodwind inputs were so important to that Japan sound. While they broke up just on the cusp of major success, Mick and Japan gave us some great music and as Tyrell says to his creation Roy Batty in Blade Runner " the light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long and you have burned so very very brightly" Cheers Mick for that bright light......


06/06/2023 I was recalling my memories of being at a Japan concert at Colsten Hall in Bristol in 1981 (I believe ) to my husband just this Sunday, and in particular, Mick Karn’s stage presence. I will always remember that. I was just looking up information about him and gasped when I read that he has sadly passed - far to young. That is sad. Reading other people’s messages, his memory lives on.

Eden Noelle S.

01/06/2023 I'm only 13, but let me tell you how much I love this man. Mick Karn is absolutely brilliant, his biography is so impressive, it's amazing all the things he accomplished in his life. His work with Japan, Dalis Car, other artists, and even individually is fantastic. His bass playing skills are unmatched, especially considering fretless. I believe he's the best bassist of all time, but you don't have to listen to my opinion when it should be quite obvious just how talented he is. I've just bought a bass guitar, it's all from Mick's beautiful and melodic playing that got me interested. Don't get me started on his sculptures. If I ever became rich one day, the first thing I would do is buy all and display them in a dedicated museum-like room of my house. He also seemed like such a sweet guy, I wish I could have met him. I've never heard anything problematic about him either, he was just a genuine and cool person. Nobody compares to you, Mick. You will be missed. x Love you


27/05/2023 Whenever I dive into my past and make it my present, Japan and Mick Karn are there. The most evocative musician I have ever heard. An inspiration in his time, sorrowfully too short. Never forgotten.

Mark Perrins

22/05/2023 Quiet life was the first time I heard the bass guitar. Whilst other early teens played air guitar, I played air fretless bass. When I eventually got a real bass, it was, of course a fretless. Now I volunteer at two local schools hoping to inspire young people towards a lifetime of playing music, just as Mick inspired me. His inspiration lives on.


22/05/2023 Mick had a stage presence- so cool and his bass playing was genius ❤️ never forgotten


02/05/2023 Feeling a huge sense of loss right now having rediscovered Mick's fantastic talent, a genius who will never be forgotten. Thinking of his family, friends and global fan group x

paul evans

29/04/2023 I played in quite a few bands myself and some session work not going into it ,mick to me was the most unique ev inventive. paul.