The Guy We Can Blame for Inventing Karaoke

Okay, so karaoke isn’t for me.  But I realize that it’s a big deal for millions of other people.  I also find it interesting that the guy who invented karaoke was an unemployed drummer.  From The Atlantic:

It turns out that the inventor of karaoke is a man named Daisuke Inoue, who was born in a small Japanese town in 1940. He was a drummer, by trade and sensibility, which means he ended up returning home “almost penniless” to live with his parents at the age of 28. He started playing the keyboard in particular bars called “snacks.”And that’s where the story of karaoke really begins.

Inoue recounted his adventures in 2005 to Topic Magazine, which allowed the Atlantic-favorite history site The Appendix to reprint his first person account of creating a modern sensation.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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