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Leonne Buur-Haaijman

04/01/2015 Spent today listening to your music, exchanging thoughts, laughter and tears with fellow fans. You have been and always will be my inspiration. My thoughts are with your family and friends. Sleep tight, Mick ....

John Hendow

18/11/2014 I first heard Mick's playing in the context of Dalis Car. I was immediately interested and began to search for his other recordings. I grew up listening to arabic / turkish music, and Mick's musical sensibilities really resonated with me. I am primarily an electric guitarist, but I found his playing so inspiring that I decided to study fretless bass , and spent quite a bit of time learning / transcribing his parts. I have a pretty big collection of Mick's recordings, and regard him as one of my favorite musicians on the planet. I had the good fortune to exchange some electronic communication with Mick in 1999-2000, and asked him about his approach to playing and composing. I found that both insightful and a little mysterious; I came away with the impression that music was a creative force that played *him*. Mick's fans are a special group of people who gravitate to his music, and each of us has a favorite project / recording. I know we all feel a sense of loss at Mick's passing, and am thankful for all he shared with us. He had a unique voice, and wove some beautiful musical tapestries.

Steve Mahoney

18/11/2014 What a great website promoting Mick Karns work.I love it.Mick was one of the most original artists of the 20th & 21st Centuries.No questioning that.I was reading his book today.I found a statement he made on one of the pages.He said someone had mentioned he was the best bass player in the world.He felt you could not be the best in the world at anything.He wanted to be seen as an original bass player.Not the best in the world as such.No one on this planet plays bass guitar like Mick did.Original is not good enough to describe him.Monumental bass player I think might be.You looked at times other worldly Mick.So was your bass playing. Very glad you arrived in my life time.


12/11/2014 Since my first pivotal listening experience, back in 1987, his music became the irreplaceable soundtrack to my life. Until his truly magnificent and unfairly overlooked last album "The Concrete Twin". I've always considered him as a unique artist and not just as the great bassist he was too. And that's how he should be remembered. Thank you, Mick! I'm so grateful for the beauty of your art and, last but not least, for your integrity. I'll never forget you. And your sound will live on.

Zen Mister

04/11/2014 I am having an all things ' Mick' sort of day. I am not sure why, but of all the artists I treasure, the loss of Mick left a profound sadness. I think it may be the fact that I regard him as a true ' artist' - someone who had to create, whether it found an audience or not. Bless your memory Mick.

Buzz clark

02/11/2014 We have lost a truly original musician who has given my family so many pleasures over the years, from the very early days of new wave to the later years of jazz and mind blowing innovative music that defied pigeonholing. There are many musical treasures that I must search out. Natacha atlas being one of them. He r voice is divine. Thank you Mick for all of the good times that you gave us.


17/09/2014 Dear Mick, I'd like to thank you for being my inspiration. At age 45, I've bought a bass, and although I'm a complete novice, I'm enjoying it more than anything else right now in my life. Rest in peace, dear friend, and remember: your music lives on <3


07/09/2014 I will love you always xxx

alan norris

09/08/2014 what a great new mick karn site, mick would be very proud and touched i will never forget micks music and i will always play his cds forever also i would to say hello to debi zornes if she is still involved in the mission to keep mick,s music and spirit alive


31/07/2014 Mick ..... Your honest angular melodic style of bass playing has held a special place in my heart from when I first heard you with Japan. Whenever I pick up a fretless bass a little bit of you without fail will creep into my playing , I just cant help it. Thank You.


25/07/2014 There was an amazing out-pouring of love & affection for Mick yesterday via the MK Day facebook site - so wonderful to see people from across the globe remembering Mick and talking about the positivity he brought to their lives. He is missed and loved in equal measure - always loved, never forgotten xxxx


24/07/2014 You were a one off Mick. I can't say any more than that. Thank heavens we can still listen to your magic bass playing and marvel at it.


24/07/2014 Some sensitive musical talents never dies... Actually, they reborn everytime when someone listen his music somewhere in the world... Happy birthday Mick Karn...

Kumiko Amino

24/07/2014 Happy Birthday, Mick. I guess you are still age 52, handsome, well shaped , stylish and playing bass guitar. I wish you still alive and grow up togather and meet nice old grey haired Mick Karn. I'm sure you would still look good. I miss you so much. Love, forever, Mick.

Paul Jorgensen

22/07/2014 Thank you for creating this website to honour the contributions of the late Mick Karn. I was introduced to Japan in 81 and was fortunate to meet with Mick in Chicago when he toured with Polytown in 1994. Mick's music had a profound effect on me and I picked up the fretless because of his distinct voice on the instrument. Whilst in Chicago I took a number of photos of their performance and of he and David Torn. I sent a couple to Mick and am only to happy to see the photo of he and David on this website. Mick, you are sorely missed Paul J