Takeshi Terauchi: a Japanese guitar hero

In Japan, when the Ventures toured in the 60s they influenced a whole generation of kids to pick up guitars and form instrumental groups.  Takeshi Terauchi is one of the big names of the 60s japanese Eleki Boom.  Terry, as he’s known, plays a Mosrite electric guitar and his style is frenetic and hip, mixing American and Japanese influences.  His bands included, Takeshi Terauchi & The Blue Jeans, and Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunnys.

White Stripes eat your heart out

There seems to be an infinite amounts of albums which are seemingly impossible to get hold of outside of Japan.  I’ve yet to see any live Takeshi footage.  However, the records I have got hold of are brilliant.  How come I never heard of this guy before this year?  Who knows, but thankfully, due to the internet, I’ve heard him now.

another video

Some more links

WFMU Blog

Nippon Guitars

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