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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.

Sam Lewis Jones

12/04/2018 The world is lesser without you in it Mick. Having recently read his autobiography, I found out that we have both lived at Baker Street in London in one time or another. It made me feel privileged to know that I walked on the same ground as the legendary Mick Karn. From his book, I am aware that Mick doesn't buy into the whole mania of stardom, and tries his best to let people know that he is just a person like everybody else. This humbleness is exactly why I'd like to refer to him as a legend, it's that level-headed and down to earth nature. Mick is one of those people you don't need to meet to know he is special. His drive and unique playing style, and his smiling demeanor while on stage lets us know that he is a very rare type of person. He shines with a certain warmth while bringing us those crazy basslines. Mick Karn is proof that life is not 'fair' as he was taken from the world far too early. However, he is here. I am thinking of him pretty much daily as I listen to his music - I am sure others are too. That's 'here' in the sense he would like to be the most, through his music. His inspiration will live on in the music of others, and their music will lead people back to him, and people will have the pleasure of discovering him for 100's, if not 1000's of years to come. I hear the word 'a true original' in reference to him a lot, and I can't come up with a more fitting title. Thanks to you Mick, I now favor the fretless bass over the regular bass in my band, and I will be covering your song 'Back in the Beginning' with my band, and reminding people of you from years to come. Thank you for your playing, you have driven me onward many a time. Sam

A new fan

15/01/2018 Mick was a true creative and musical genius with a mesmerising style who I have only just discovered by coming across his former band Japan. One of the most talented bassists ever. Thank you for the cool music. Gone way too soon but never ever forgotten. RIP Mick Karn!


04/01/2018 Mick- you are not forgotten. Your music lives on and so do our memories of seeing you perform. RIP x